When I think of Christmas, I picture how it may have been when Jesus was actually born. My first child was born a week before Christmas and I can relate to Mary in difficulty of childbirth because my delivery was also without any medications to help with the pain. The pain was horrific, but well worth it in the end. I’m sure both Mary and Joseph felt so blessed and excited when their baby boy finally arrived.
I also imagine the wise men, how they anticipated and searched for the newborn King of the Jews that they might worship him. The bible says in Matthew 2:10-11, When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
Can we say we are searching and seeking God the way the wise men were? Are we rejoicing with exceedingly great joy over what Jesus has done for us? If not, we are missing out.
I can imagine these grand men as they approach Jesus, falling humbly to their knees and worshiping Him. They knew something then that many today are still sadly missing. They recognized Jesus is worthy to be worshiped.
I also picture how absolutely amazing it would have been to see the angels rejoicing as they announced Christ birth to the shepherds.
Luke 2:10-14 says, Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Then the shepherds so eagerly and quickly went to find Jesus. Are we like the shepherds? Are we eager to spend time with the Lord and obedient to share of the great things He has done? I hope so.
Psalm 95:6 “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker;”
This Christmas season I ask you, “How are you approaching Jesus?” Are you humbled by His gift of salvation or missing the reason for the season altogether?
My prayer is that we would humbly come to Jesus, receive the fullness of what He did for us through His birth, death and resurrection, and gladly worship Him for who He is, Immanuel.
May your Christmas be blessed experiencing the joy only found in Jesus Christ.