At Christmas time, and all the time, Believers (“men and women of God”) are appointed to deliver God’s message, to announce God’s truth, to those whom we are sent; just like Gabriel did.
The example set by the wise men who brought gifts to Jesus has made the giving of gifts an integral part of celebrating Christmas: Jesus’ birth. However, the gifts we give each other, today, bear very little spiritual resemblance to those originally bestowed by the wise men.
Music is playing, everyone’s saying,
Merry Christmas and oh yes Happy New Year,
Yet all step around, the man on the ground,
pretending there’s no one to see there.
I long to hear the same words
That welcomed home Your Son,
“Come, good and faithful servant,”
Your Master says, “Well done.”
And may heaven welcome others
Who will join me in praise
Because I lived for Jesus Christ
Not just on Christmas Days
For on that peaceful night,
God sent his only son.
That one day he’d be a man,
Eternal life would come.
Wise men of today,
For whom do you seek?
Whose star will lead you?
Whose praise shall you speak?
What worth is wisdom,
If it cannot save?
What joy is wisdom,
That ends in the grave?
Simeon rejoiced in his death, for he had completed his task: he had done the job God had set for him. When we die, will we be able to say the same?
Why was there was no room at the inn for Joseph and Mary about to give birth to Jesus? Joseph and Mary had found favor with God. They had accepted God’s will for their lives and were humbly performing the tasks set before them. Why didn’t God prepare a nice comfortable room for them in Bethlehem?
The earthly king (Caesar) was focused on taking from mankind, and they would have to bring their ‘gifts’ to him. The Heavenly King was focused on giving His Gift to mankind and He would send His Gift to them.
Whose example should we follow?
Perhaps God has humbled you lately. Perhaps you have lost your job, or lost your house, or lost your health, or lost your savings… While this can be quite painful, difficult and bewildering, perhaps God is preparing to speak a message to you that you are just now prepared to hear.