What to do now that Christmas is over? The birth of Jesus has been celebrated. Presents have been given. Guests have come and gone. Or maybe you’ve gone and returned from your Christmas travels. What to do now?
Let’s take our cue from Mary and Joseph. They trusted God with the baby Messiah and with themselves…and they obeyed God’s Word as revealed in the Law of Moses and spoken to them by angels.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived.
When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord; “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
Mary and Joseph were far from their Nazareth home when Mary gave birth to our Messiah Jesus in Bethlehem. They had obeyed the decree issued by Caesar Augustus that required them, along with all the occupied people of the region, to register for the census in their families’ hometown. God used even the orders of a pagan emperor to ensure the fulfillment of His Word given through the prophet Micah:
“But you Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel—whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
God’s Word matters. Mary and Joseph knew that.
And as faithful followers of God and as people who trusted in God’s Word given to them both through the Law of Moses and through angel visitations—Mary and Joseph obeyed God. In trust and obedience, their baby boy was circumcised on the eighth day and given the name Jesus as the angel had already proclaimed His name would be. Then, also according to the Law of the Lord, Mary and Joseph, after the completion of the 40 day purification period, took Jesus from Bethlehem to Jerusalem to consecrate him to the Lord.
So, what to do after the celebrations have stopped? What to do after the crowds are gone? What to do when our lives start going back to our daily-day routines?
The question really is: What to do with Jesus? And the answer is, as it has always been with regards to our Lord: Trust and Obey.
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane