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For most Believers in Yeshua today, a spirit of joy and tenderness is triggered at this time of the year when they remember His birth and His coming to His Jewish people. Among many other Believers, however, the holiday of Christmas is reviled because it is perceived as being a holiday of pagan origin. While those who believe this are, perhaps, viewed with suspicion and in a minority among Gentile Believers, they are in excellent company. Charles Spurgeon, a Strict Baptist preacher, who is revered today as a great theologian condemned Christmas as a pagan holiday. Despite that, he understood that it was a good day to spend time with family (since there are too few times we can do so) and an excellent time to discuss the birth of the Messiah.
The Jewish Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), understands rejection. Sometimes the rejection of Yeshua was based on a misunderstanding of Him or a misreading of His intentions. Whatever the reason, in the end, many of the religious establishment fell into fears that led to His utter rejection and execution. Likewise, today, Jewish Believers in Yeshua also experience rejection based, in part, on the fact that the Jewish People over the centuries were murdered by Christians — people who professed to follow Yeshua. Another reason is because their beliefs do not fit into the understanding of traditional Judaism.
The book of Hosea is a love story. In it, the prophet dramatically models God’s love for His people and laments the grave sins of the nation of Israel. Little is known about Hosea or of his social status; nevertheless, we are provided some astonishing details about his life and the lengths to which he went for love.