So very often we think of Christ as an adult. We think of Him as a man who went preaching the good news around the countryside with his apostles. We think of Him as a man ready to take on the world. We think of Him as the man who died on the cross to save us from our sins. But how often do you stop to think about the little baby born in a manger? Join me today as we talk about the baby born in Bethlehem!
Have you ever held a little baby in your arms? Think about the joy that you had when you held that baby. Imagine the joy that Mary experience as she gave birth to her precious baby boy and held him for the first time in her arms. Now think about Joseph’s joy as he watched over his new family. Even though he knew that it wasn’t his son he still took joy in knowing that he was chosen to be the earthly father of God’s own son.
But the joy didn’t stop there! No the joy continued as the angels announced to the shepherds on the hill that the baby was born in Bethlehem. And what did they do? They left their flocks, and ran to Bethlehem, to the little manger, to see the baby who was born as Savior of the world!! But the joy wasn’t only limited to Bethlehem. Far away in other countries wise men were studying the stars and beheld a new star in the East. They knew this was no ordinary star and that the star heralded the coming of the King of the Jews. So they followed it to Jerusalem where they found in ancient writings that a ruler was to be born in Bethlehem. The Wiseman came to visit the baby and his mother and they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And they fell before Jesus the little child and worshiped him and they gave him great gifts. But of course they joy spreading around the world didn’t in there. As was the custom, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to be presented in the temple. There Simeon, led by the Holy Spirit, met Mary and Joseph. He took Jesus in his arms and was filled with joy. This was the moment that he’d been waiting for!! In fact it was out of joy and gratitude to the Lord that he prayed, “Lord, now let your servant depart in peace according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles (anyone not Jewish) and for glory to your people Israel.”
Meditate on these stories and feel the joy that these people felt. Rejoice in the birth of our Savior. Rejoice in the celebration of Christmas. Then spread the joy with your family members. Tell them the stories about the birth of Jesus! Tell them how much joy there was that night in the world when Christ was born. Tell them about the baby born in Bethlehem and the joy that he brought that night to the world. Tell them of the joy that we can experience this Advent week by remembering the birth of our Lord, Jesus!! Joy to the world! The Lord has come! Let earth receive her king!