The holiday season is here. The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping can draw us to a frantic pace with sales at every turn of the corner. I enjoy seeing decorated houses, visiting family and friends and the smell of sweet baked goodies. You too have experience different kind of memorable legacies. Memories left to us by our parents and grandparents will never be forgotten but there was a legacy over 2000 years ago that will be remembered for ever.
An angel came to Mary to announce the birth of a son. The angel told her the child will be the Son of God named Jesus. The angel states in the scripture that the child shall be great and he shall reign and his kingdom will never end. Mary was troubled by the words but she kept the news privately for fear of rejection and retaliation and embarrassment to Joseph. After Joseph learned about the impending birth, he planned not to marry her but the angel of the Lord came to him in a dream and told him the same prophecy. He immediately took her to be his wife.
The legacy continued as the wise men traveled for a couple of years to honor the new born king with gold, frankincense and myrrh. The king at that time, Herod, was furious because his throne was being threatened. He understood the prophecy in Micah 5:2 would eventually supplant and cause his doom. Therefore he sent a decree throughout the land that any male child under two years old must die (trying to destroy the legacy). Again the angel of the Lord came to Joseph in a dream and told him to go to Egypt because King Herod was looking to take Jesus’ life.
The Christmas season is not another event where we buy gifts but it is a season represented by the legacy of love. No one at that time could ever imagine the legacy left. The legacy was protected for you and me. This love was really about God entering into our world through Jesus so that we may enter into His world (kingdom) forever.
The legacy that was left for us:
• Mary birthed a child that saved people from their sins.
• Jesus became the healer and deliverer for many.
• Jesus became the bread of life for those who needed nourishment and internal peace.
• He left his Holy Spirit to lead and direct us.
• Jesus became sin so that we can become the righteousness of God.
The legacy of Christ is really an invitation from God to you to accept his love to become his adopted son or daughter.