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Delight: Trusting in Him

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Hello readers! Today I (Kimberly) would like to share a little more about the Christmas story. As I sit here beginning to write our devotional for this week, I was reminded of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. In the scene I’m thinking of, Charlie Brown was being ridiculed for the tiny tree he got (which is actually adorable) instead of getting the “perfect tree”. Charlie Brown then asks if anyone can tell him the true meaning of Christmas. Linus steps up and quotes Luke 2:8-14.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

How right is Linus? Christmas is not about the pretty trees and decorations, it isn’t about the gifts or charities or even family (although those are good things). Christmas is a yearly reminder and celebration of Gods plan to bring people back to Him, through Jesus. Christmas is, at its core, a celebration and acknowledgement of God providing a way to Him that had promised for thousands of years even before Jesus was even born!

So let’s jump in to the Christmas story a little before Linus and the shepherds. As we talked about last week, Mary & Joseph are expecting little baby Jesus, whom Mary conceived through the Holy Spirit. They were told to travel to Jerusalem for census by the government, however, God had a different intention for their journey. On this trip Jesus would be born in nearby Bethlehem. When Mary and Joseph arrived, they went to an inn to try and sleep for the night, but there was no room for them, but they received an offer to stay in the stable for night.

Imagine traveling, while being very pregnant, and then being told that you cannot sleep in a bed for the night. Mary and Joseph really needed to trust in God that He would provide a safe place for them to stay for the night, and to deliver baby Jesus. Although a stable may not have been their first choice, God did show that He is trustworthy and that He will always provide to accomplish his plans.
Now we will pick up where Linus left off, the shepherds. As Luke 2 says, the shepherds where visited by an angel, and they were terrified. The angel told them

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

And what good news it was! Jesus had been born! The shepherds were then instructed to go to Jesus, and that they would find him wrapped in cloths lying in a manger. This is all so exciting, but being one of the shepherds it had to be scary, and maybe even a little confusing. They were in their fields at night, watching their animals when all of a sudden an angel appeared to tell them that the Messiah was born and they needed to go to Him.

However, the angels did not specifically tell the shepherds where they would find Jesus. Although, it was prophesized in Micah 4:8 that the Messiah would be born at “the tower of the flock.” These shepherds lived outside the city and knew the customs, they knew exactly where this tower would be. Where the manger would be, where the Messiah would be. It was something they had been waiting for, and when the angel arrived to tell them the news, they knew it to be true. After a small journey, they arrived where it was said Jesus would be, wrapped in cloth laid in a manger, and there He was. God once again had proven to be trustworthy.

Lastly, let’s talk about the wise men, they are a big part of our Christmas story, but a lot of the time their contribution gets a little confused. The wise men knew the prophesies of the Star in the East, when they saw the star rise in the sky they traveled to Jerusalem and asked King Herod where they could find Jesus. A majority of the time, we believe that the wise men arrived shortly after Jesus was born, but we can find in scripture that they actually came sometime after. We know this because they started travelling towards Jesus when the star rose in the sky (which we believe rose the night Jesus was born), when they arrived and spoke to King Herod, he ordered that all boys born in Jerusalem under the age of 2 ½ to be killed. This is how we can make an educated guess that they arrived around two years after Jesus had been born.

So lets recap that story. The wise men left where they lived around the night Jesus was born, and arrived to Jerusalem about two years later. (The wise men were likely from Persia of Arabia, just to give some reference). They travelled for close to two whole years! And this journey was based on a prophesy that they had been told and studied extensively about the Messiah. They really trusted in God to leave everything they knew to take a two year journey to see and worship a toddler. These wise men knew that the words God spoke through prophets were true, and they knew that this little baby, would save the world.

This was a day that people had been waiting for, for thousands of years. Jesus’ birth was not celebrated because of anything that he had done yet or respect he had earned, but because it was a result of God’s humble provision to come to the earth himself, to complete the law and prophecies, and restore millions of souls to their creator.

That Charlie Brown, is the true meaning of Christmas.

Think about all the times when you've been worried or confused or just didn't believe what God was telling you. Think of those times and remember this story. God always has a plan and directs us in the ways in which we should go. Isn't he such a wonderful and trustworthy God? Shouldn't we give him our all and let him work in our lives without question? Reflect on that today.

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