January 1, 2020 something was stirring in my spirit. I sensed The Lord asking what does it mean. Our Western traditions, customs, and holidays are illustrations, mimicking the Fall Feasts and other Appointed Times of the Lord, even though others may not be aware of this. Christmas is here. It is the Christmas season. Our lights burn brightest in the darkness. I turn the window candles on each night loving the nostalgic feel of times gone by. I miss the the festive decorations when the season is over but carry the meaning of Christmas in my heart everyday. Our traditions and Holidays (Holy Days)Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, represent The Fall Feasts of The Lord our God. Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur also known as Day of Atonement and Tabernacles, and Hanukkah or Feast of Dedication are Holy times of God. We’ve been honoring and handing down remnants or portions of these Feasts for generations. Greg and I were talking January 1, the beginning of 2020, I asked him, if you had to define time what would you say time is, how would you describe time? He sat there for a moment then answered, “I don’t know.” It isn’t easily definable or described in one word.
How applicable. Time is a noun, a verb, and an adjective. Time is a season, a decade, a day, a moment, a year, an eon, an event, a measure, a duration, a date, an occasion, time is passing, can be appointed and time can be missed. The list can go on and on. We know that the stroke of a clock doesn’t really change anything, and neither does the day on a calendar, yet we need the boundary time marks and sets. God established time of light and dark, evening and the morning, making a distinction between day and night at the beginning of creation. We need the measurement and the distinction time offers. While we read many opinions or rants about celebrating pagan holidays, I thank God for the reason we celebrate. I also have a word for Christmas 2020 that has had several confirmations of late. We will celebrate His Presence this year and be utterly amazed. One confirmation is from 2006 from Kim Clement. Now I understand more the stirring in my soul, what time is it? What does is mean?
Looking intently, searching the scriptures the prophets searched for when this event, the advent of Christ would come. The people of God were intensely looking, listening for, longing and believing for The King to make His entrance as spoken through the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah and other prophets, longingly looking for the consolation of Israel. In remembrance of Him and tHis sacred event we observe tHis set apart time, recognizing and honoring our God. He set, kept, and fulfilled, His promised appointment with mankind, sending His Son, Jesus Christ, our promised Messiah. This promised event changed the destiny and eternity of mankind. The first Christmas Gift ever given was in the beginning, wrapped in pure gold, Emmanuel, God’s presence with His people. The first article to be built was the Ark of The Covenant. His plan, Emmanuel, God with us, from the beginning with the construction of the Ark.
A gift given to us, then poured out for us at the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins. At His resurrection This Gift would open unto us the offer of complete salvation and meaning, new life, a living hope, redemption, restoration, sanctification, and eternity with Him in the next life giving us power here and now. What a God, what a glorious event; The Gift that is still being opened. We have been given a set time, the acceptable day, an appointed time to die and then judgement. Why would anyone miss the day of salvation? It is time! Today is the day, now is the acceptable time of God’s favor. If you haven’t already made Jesus Lord of your life, I pray you will stop right now and receive The Gift that Christmas delivered, ask Jesus to be your Savior. He is The Real Gift and the meaning of Christmas!
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord cause His countenance to rise upon you and give you Shalom.
Until next time, thanks for listening with me. Laurette