- God has given us the concept of seasons to celebrate. They’re reminders of who we are and what He has done for us. They’re a time for rest and to connect with people with a common view of life.
- Christmas is a season of reflection, remembrances, rest, and connection.
- In our culture, the enemy seeks to distract us—to turn something God meant for our good into something that depletes us further.
- Our hope is to point you in a better direction.
Distractions we’ve looked at: trying to create or recreate the perfect moment, and the distraction of materialism.
- The problem: we have a desire to be in deep relationship with others—especially with those who are in our family.
- There’s nothing wrong with this; however, those relationships are not the point of Christmas, but if you get the point right, they are definitely affected.
- They were both from the line of David. Most scholars believe Mary and Joseph would have had family in and around Bethlehem and/or Jerusalem.
- This family dysfunction carried on in Jesus family later: Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Jesus.
- Many believe that Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem to get her away from their families.
- We know they stayed there for at least two years because of the story of the wise men and Herod.