What about the first Christmas?
Was it too costly?
It cost Mary and Joseph the comforts of home during a journey to Bethlehem and an angel-directed exile in egypt to protect the Christ child from the wiles and wrath of Herod.
It cost mothers and fathers in and around Bethlehem the massacre of their babies by the wicked Herod.
It cost the shepherds the neglect of the shepherd’s life for a journey to Bethlehem to see the thing the Lord had made known to them. The Bible says: “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger” (Luke 2:16)
It cost the wise men a long journey, expensive gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. It also cost them changed lives and a journey home by another way.
It cost the early apostles and the church persecution and sometimes martyrdom.
It has cost missionaries untold suffering and privation to spread the good news, to preach the gospel of Christ.
What did Christmas cost God the Father? It cost Him more than all for it cost the Father His only begotten Son.
What did Christmas cost Jesus? It cost Him a life of sacrifice and service, a cruel death that is unmatched in history.
Is Christmas costly? The answer is yes.
Source – unkown
Using this devotional at a Christmas Party for your church
You might find a way to read this as a devotional reflection during a Christmas party.
Perhaps it can spark some discussions about commercialism.
Let me ask you this? How would you use this devotional reading at a Christmas party for your church or youth group?