As I begin December I am thinking of the days that lead up to Jesus’s birth and the days that followed. Jesus lived an extraordinary life.
There is so much to learn about Jesus the boy, and Jesus the man, and Jesus the Messiah. What would it have been like to know Jesus as a boy? What teachings did Mary and Joseph have on his life? In today’s society everybody and their mother is writing a book about their own lives. What if Mary and Joseph had gotten a book deal and wrote what it was like to be the parents of Jesus? In the Bible we are given small glimpses of who they were. Would Mary have listed 10 of Jesus’ favorite foods? Funny things he said? How he interacted with his siblings? What would Joseph have told? Would he tell of how he would take Jesus to work with him? Would he have told about Jesus’ first fishing trip?
I wish there was a photo album of Jesus’ life where we could look and see his baby picture, and a picture for every year after.
The most memorable image of Jesus we have is of him nailed to the cross and seated at the last supper.
I am thinking of the time that we will see him face to face for the first time. It brings me joy to think of that, in the same way that an expectant mother awaits to see her unborn babies face for the first time. Mother’s can hardly wait for that moment, now with technology mothers can see their babies face more clearly in ultrasounds but not even that image replaces looking into the tiny face and having those baby eyes look back.
There isn't a photo album but the Bible tells His story and for us to know Him, we need to read the word and love him; as a baby in a manger, as a boy who taught in the temples, as a man that selected men to be fishers of men, and as the Messiah to be worshiped.
Jesus Christ’s birth was a gift of divine love from God.
Jesus had many gifts we can experience every day; His love, unconditional; His Sovereignty, Lord of Lords; His energy, I can do all things in Christ; His work, in his teachings and he death for our sins and his resurrection so that we don’t have to fear death.
Every day can be Christmas as we experience Christ in our lives. Each day is a gift from God.
“Sing praises to the Lord… Tell the nations what he has done."
May we all know Jesus Christ and one day look into his face and hear his voice for the first time, what a joy that moment will be.
Hoping for Joy to you from God the father.