A young bride was preparing to host the first family holiday at her home. In preparation for the big day, a pot roast was seasoned with a variety of fresh herbs and spices. Before she placed it in the roaster, she cut both ends off the roast. Her husband asked why she performed this step and she replied that her mother had always done it this way. The young bride thought that perhaps the ends of the roast are less flavorful and are better removed.
The roast turned out wonderful and the meal was delicious. As dishes were being cleared from the table, the young bridge asked her mother why she always cut the ends of the roast off. The mother replied that her mother always did it and she assumed it was because leaving the ends on makes the roast dry. Now the grandmother had overheard the conversation and was smiling to herself. She told them that the reason she cut the ends off was because her roaster was too small for the roast.
Christmas season is filled with traditions that we may or may not know the origins or meaning behind the practice.
Why was Jesus born so many years after Adam and Eve sinned? Wouldn’t it have been better if Jesus was born right away?
God’s timing is always right.
Why did Jesus come as a baby and not grown up like angels when they appeared?
Jesus truly experienced all aspects of being fully human while also being fully God.
Why born from a virgin, in a barn, in Bethlehem?
This fulfilled very specific prophecies about Jesus’ humble beginnings.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.
This Christmas season, read the Christmas story in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. Tell me what discoveries you find.