9. God's presence fills those who seek Him with joy.
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“Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’” (Matthew 2:2)
The Magi came sometime after Jesus was born, bearing gifts and wanting to worship Him as king of the Jews. These three kings came from far away to worship the baby king, but their purpose consisted of so much more, which became clearer as they arrived in Jerusalem. After their encounter with Herrod, they were able to warn Mary and Joseph of his plot to find them, allowing the family to flee to safety. And when they finally found Jesus, they were filled with joy.
“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him” (Matthew 2:10-11).
We never truly know why we reach for the dreams and callings God lays on our hearts. There is always a part we can see and understand, and another that rests in His just and loving hands. The joy that the three kings expressed is akin to the joy we experience when God makes His presence known in our lives, beyond what we can ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
10. God came to give us love
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God from the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)
The Gospel of John doesn’t record the Nativity Story, but I believe in five verses he sums up so beautifully what it represented on the first Christmas day. The reality of Jesus’s birth is so immensely grand, yet He came into the world so simply.
We look for grand measure and signs in almost all that we do. It’s in us to seek big things, but we so often miss His presence because we fail to reconcile that though He is high above all, He came down to us.
He resides in us through the Holy Spirit. He knew all of us, and our sins, before He breathed His first breath of earthly air that night in the manger. His love for us is bigger than anything we will ever be able to comprehend, yet He chooses to be with us, always.
Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ on her blog, https://sunnyand80.org. She is a stay-at-home mom, freelance writer, blogger, and author of, “Friends with Everyone …Friendship Within the Love of Christ.” She resides in Northern Ohio with her husband of eleven years, two daughters, and their Golden-doodle.
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