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Let Us Go Straight

December 22, 2013

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Post 2013 12 22 Shepherds

Let Us  Go Straight

People can get  so distracted  at Christmas time.     Everywhere one turns,  they see  Santa Claus,  reindeer,  elves,  lights,  toys,  toys,   toys,  decorations,  and more stuff.     Every store claims huge sales.     Music proclaims  the wonders  of Santa Claus,  Frosty the Snowman,  glistening snow,  sleigh rides,  and the joys  of being home  by the fireplace.

Many strive  to make  nativity sets,  Christian music  about the birth  of Christ,  and even the “Merry Christmas”  greeting something  that is abhorrent  and politically incorrect.    They claim  there is no  “Christ”  in  “Christ – mas”.     So everything is rapidly turning  backwards  from its original intentions.     Many are confused,  feeling threatened,  and lacking  in understanding.     Many just  follow the majority,  without knowing why.     It seems  to be  the thing  to do.

But today,  we need  to think  about the reaction  of the shepherds  when Jesus Christ  was born.     As they tended  their sheep  at night,  an angel  of the LORD announced  the birth of Jesus  —  and a multitude  of angels  praised God  and said,

Glory  to God  in the highest,
And on earth  peace  among men  with whom He is pleased.

When the angels  went back  into heaven,  the shepherds immediately  wanted  to see  their newborn Savior.     They excitedly said  to one another  in Luke 2:15,

Let us go straight  to Bethlehem then,  and see this thing  that has happened  which the Lord  has made known  to us.

This should be  our intent  and purpose  every day.     The shepherds took  a direct road  from the fields straight”  into Bethlehem  to find  the Baby Jesus.     They didn’t wander  along the way  or let themselves  get distracted  by anything.     They had a purpose.     They wanted  to see  the Savior  the angels declared  to them.     Nothing  could be more important  than seeing  first-hand  what angels announced.

There’s nothing more important today,  either.     Nothing  is more important  than for all people  to go directly  to Jesus  and see the gift  of forgiveness  and salvation  that God Almighty  has given us  —  the one and only real Savior.

Why are we dawdling  along the way and letting ourselves  get distracted  by all the stuff  of the world?     None  of that stuff  can give us  the gifts  of forgiveness  and eternal life.     We need  to get our priorities  straight.     The worldly stuff  will all rot  and decay.     We can’t  take it with us  when we die.

Peter  had it straight  in his mind.     When some people left Jesus  because they could not understand  His teachings,  Jesus asked the disciples  if they might leave.     Peter answered in John 6:68,

Lord,  to whom  shall we go?     You have words  of eternal life.

When the world  is wandering around  like a lost sheep,  let us keep  our priorities  straight.     “Let us  go straight”  to Jesus  and open up  His word  to us  in the Bible.     In God’s words  to us  we will see  Jesus  giving us the gift  “of eternal life”.

Having received  the gift  of eternal life,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  direct our paths  straight  to You  as we travel  to our heavenly home.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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