They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
And to the fellowship
To the breaking of bread
And to prayer.
Everyone was filled with awe
And many wonders and miraculous signs
Were done by the apostles.
All the believers were together
And had everything in common.
Selling their possessions and goods
They gave to anyone as he had need.
Every day they continued to meet together
In the Temple courts.
They broke bread in their homes
And ate together with glad and sincere hearts
And enjoying the favour of all the people.
And the Lord added to their number daily
Those who were being saved.
Today is an age of political correctness: we say, “Happy Eid” to Muslims, “Happy Diwali” to Hindus, “Happy Hanukkah” to Jews, and we do this because we are trying to correct a past history that did not tolerate anything other than a Judeo-Christian heritage. That lack of tolerance usually included vitriol and violence. However, on the road of attrition we have allowed the reverse situation to happen so that our heritage now suffers intolerance and erasure. Tolerance is a two-way street.
That we must stop intolerance is a given. And while we cannot undo the sins of the past, we are correct to change the path that we were on. But the cost of change does not include allowing thieves of joy to steal our heritage from us. The cost of change does not include tolerating abuse, vitriol and violence of our own belief system and celebrations.
No matter the history behind of how we came to celebrate Yeshua’s birth at this time of year, Yeshua is the ‘reason for the season’. This is the time of year we celebrate the birth of the ‘Wonderful Counsellor’, our ‘Lord’ and ‘friend’. Do not let the thieves of joy steal your right to celebrate openly and publicly what is for you your hope and exultation. How can you give a reason for the hope that is within you if no one can see that Hope – that joyous Hope that radiates ever more brightly in celebration of His birth. Let your light shine – Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! The King of Kings came to us in a season such as this and we remember His coming with great joy, until He comes again.
Turn, rise up and rejoice, decorate and celebrate, and sing hymns of praise and glory to God, your King, say “Yom Huledet Sameakh, Yeshua” – “Happy Birthday, Yeshua”
The Lord is coming!