Presents or Presence?
Luke 2: 10
“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”
The angel brought the shepherds GOOD NEWS and GREAT JOY for ALL people! This news was the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God came down to live with his people on earth. He left his heavenly home to live among his creation. He chose to come in the form of a precious little baby boy. He also chose to come in the purest form possible- through a young virgin named Mary.
Joseph was a carpenter- a man who was all too familiar with wood and trees. I wonder if he knew that his son would be hung from a wooden cross that was once a tree. That would come later.
He required much of his faithful servants-trust and obedience. You see He desired the world to know him in a very personal way- I mean who can help not falling in love with a baby?
I stand in awe as I think of how our God, the Creator of the universe, came down to earth in the form of a little bitty baby. He came to show us how to fall in love with Him and how to live a life of love.
He came to earth so that we could feel, live and breath in His presence. He yearns for each of us to know him intimately. A relationship built out of a love for humanity.
That’s the GOOD NEWS and the GREAT JOY! And guess what? It’s for everyone! ALL people, everywhere! We are not to be afraid of it, rather we are to embrace it with passion, share it in love and live it in JOY! So as we begin this season of JOY-my prayer is that we all live in HIS presence and that we remember that HE is the best present EVER! A free gift of love.
Let’s help others unwrap this beautiful, eternal gift from God.