“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem.”
“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:1, 6, 9-11
What excitement! The birth of a King! The birth of a special baby boy – God’s own Son! Whew!!!
As we continue to celebrate this special time, let’s reflect on the impact of this event. Jesus was born in a lowly manger. And yet….angels heralded His arrival. Shepherds came to give Him glory. Wise men brought gifts. There was singing and exclaiming this Good News. It’s not every day that a Savior is born.
I remember the births of our children like it was yesterday. I remember rejoicing and singing – at least in my heart. Chris and Jenn were born 29 and 27 years ago. They have since gotten an education; moved out of the house; and moved to Oregon, where they are becoming responsible young adults. I am very proud of them. God was proud of His Son also – from the day He was born to the day He died on the cross.
We all have things to celebrate – each and every day. There may be times we don’t feel like celebrating, but the fact that God is with us always is enough to get us through the roughest times. God continues to give us gifts – nature, friends, church, family. God gave us a gift on that night long ago – the gift of His Son. Let’s not forget the importance and the impact of that gift.
The love I have for my children is very great. The love I have for my family and friends is very special. The love I have for God is exceptional. God’s love for me is even better. Let us rejoice, proclaim, celebrate God’s love and the gift of His Son – who is Love. Let us lift up our hands; laugh out loud, dance, clap, sing, show joy and happiness any way we can. And let’s do it in the name of Jesus! Halleluia!!!
Prayer: Gracious Lord, thanks for all the gifts you give us each day. Thanks for the greatest gift of all – Your Son, Jesus Christ. Continue to guide and direct us throughout life so that we can live like Him. May our lives reflect the love You have shown us. Amen.
Suggest Scripture Readings for the Season of Christmas:Sunday: Matthew 2:1-18 Monday: Psalm 118:24 Tuesday: Isaiah 61:1-11 Wednesday: Thursday: Friday: Saturday: 2 Peter 3:8-15
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