I love words. Each one carries a world of meaning, especially as we join one word to another and another and another, until we’ve created a thought. That’s what this blog is about … thoughts … thoughts about God’s amazing Grace. Words are what make the thoughts understandable and life changing.
One of the words that means so much to me, and millions of Christians around the world, is joy. Joy is at the heart of the Christian faith. Take the three wise men who traveled a long distance to see what the star would show them.
“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.”
The wise men knew the prophecies about the Messiah and they read the prophetic signs in the sky. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. Did you see that? They rejoiced with exceedingly great joy! They were so excited to see the star. They knew that the ancient prophecy was coming true at that very moment. It was no longer an old prophecy. It was happening during their lifetime. It was happening in front of them. They were going to be part of the prophecy!
It’s amazing to me that these three learned men were astute enough to see in the alignment of stars in the sky that God was on the move. He was going to do what He told prophets centuries before that He was going to do. The Messiah, Israel’s Savior and King, had been born! That caused the wise men to rejoice “with exceedingly great joy.”
What does that mean? We’ll see tomorrow. But for now, think about what it must have been like for three wise men to know they had just discovered the greatest secret of the history … the birth of the Holy Child … the Eternal Son of God!
In Christ’s Love and Grace,