A Christmas Post from Mike Richards of Cross Pointe Church in Bloomington, Minnesota

The senior pastor of the EFCA’s Cross Pointe Church in Bloomington, Minnesota wrote a blog post about Christmas. This is a brief post for the holiday. I hope you each have a Merry Christmas.

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,[b] who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:1-7 ESV

Today is Christmas. I hope you have a good holiday with you family and friends. Whether you are a refugee from Harvest Bible in Chicago, or involved in an EFCA church in Pennsylvania, Illinois, California or elsewhere and you stumble across this blog. Its my hope that you have a good Christmas. A while back I saw a brief post about Christmas at the blog of Crosspointe Church in Bloomington, Minnesota. It was when I was working through the North Central District. Senior Pastor Mike Richards wrote this post and I just want to share it with you today since it is Christmas.


Look at a nativity scene if you have one, or find a picture of one.
How does it compare to what you just read?  What is different?  Is there anything missing from or added to the nativity scene?
 
In this passage we see that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. This was because it is where his family came from and at the time of His birth a census was being taken requiring everyone to return to their home town to be counted. Jesus had a very unique family tree. You can find it listed in Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38.  Not only are their names interesting, but there are some people you would not expect to see in Jesus’ family.  For example look at Rahab the mother of Boaz.  (You can find her story in Joshua 2 and the story of Boaz in the book of Ruth.)
 
Think about your own family heritage.  How far back can you trace your history?  Are there any unique people in your family?
 
Now think about the fact that God has invited you to be part of His family through Jesus.  Isn’t that amazing!
 
While traveling this holiday season spend some time thanking God for the people in your life (even the weird ones) and ask Him to help you see them through Jesus eyes.