The Day After Christ’s Birth

Mary woke up early the morning after Jesus was born with the glow of His birth lingering around her. The memory of the shepherds’ stories of angels singing in the night sky brought back memories of the angel who stood before her and told her she would conceive and give birth to a son who would be the Son of the Highest. “And you shall call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:31 NKJV.

She pondered in her heart that early morning the words the angel had spoken to her and remembered how she had replied. “Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38.

And now in the light of day, looking down at the newborn Baby who had come into the world just as the angel had said he would, she had no trouble believing that the Baby was the Son of God. She knew she was a virgin when she conceived the Baby Jesus. She knew and God knew. She still didn’t know how it had taken place. She only knew that God had done what He said He was going to do. He had fulfilled His promise to her through the words of the angel that day.

She must have wondered just what was expected of her now that the Baby was born. Maybe she expected the angel to return and give her more instructions, but when he didn’t, each day she did what every other new mother did in Judah. She fed her Baby, dressed Him, and taught Him day upon day. And when He was old enough, His step-father Joseph began teaching Him and taking Him to the synagogue. And she pondered in her heart the ability of Joseph to raise a son who wasn’t his as if He were his very own.

“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.” Luke 2:40

All because one woman Mary in faith said “Yes” to God.


Walking Dead or Alive


Everyone is talking about the Dec. 21 Mayan end-of-the-world prediction.

 Now we have a “Fiscal Cliff” in national politics to worry about at the same time.

Unemployment is down to 7.9% but in addition, many people have given up trying to get a job, so those people are no longer counted.

Iran gets nuclear capability. Syria has chemical warfare capability to use on their own people.

It’s enough to make people want to go into a fantasy world for a little while.

No wonder one of the most popular TV shows this season is award-winning Walking Dead, a show about survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. The Walking Dead—where living people battle dead people, a.k.a Zombies, for food, water, shelter, while all the time having to watch their back to keep from being killed by living people. These survivors are “Walking Alive” through a war-torn land searching for other survivors, and looking for a city where they can finally have a peaceful life, happy and free, and united once again with those they love.

These survivors are searching for heaven.

In Hebrews 11:10, God’s Great Hall of Fame, it says of Abraham, “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.” Hebrews 12:22NIV

That is our destination. Just like those survivors who are walking alive among the walking dead, searching for a place to live, those of us who have received Jesus are looking for a city.

But that is where the comparison ends!

We are not killing the walking dead; we are telling them about Jesus and getting them born again. There is a new life for those who are walking around in their sins and trespasses and we are responsible for telling everyone we come in contact with that Jesus can give them that new life. Then they can go on this wonderful journey with us to heaven.

Are you a zombie, walking around, feeling dead inside, just going through the motions of living? The good news is zombies can live again through Jesus Christ the Savior.