This advent season, check the Vyrso blog each weekday for advent reflections that will inspire and encourage you to reflect on the true reason for Christmas.
Take time to reflect today with a guest post by author Dee Travis, written with the purpose to encourage and help celebrate life with loved ones.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! People everywhere are filled with Christmas happiness and cheer. All the Christmas lights and festivities of the season make our hearts merry! And oh the joy on Christmas morning when children find the presents they dreamed about under the tree!
It was also a time of rejoicing and happiness and exceeding great joy for the people in Bethlehem when a Savior was born that first Christmas many years ago. Find the stories in Luke 1:26-2:38 and Matthew 2:9-11.
An angel appeared to a virgin girl named Mary and told her she would give birth to the Son of God, the longed for and promised Messiah.
Mary rejoiced in knowing God had blessed her and she humbled herself before God with joyful praise!
Because of a census during that time Mary and Joseph had to travel many miles to the city of Bethlehem and they were weary and tired and needed a place to sleep. Because there was no room for them in the inn that night Mary gave birth in a cattle stall. Mary knew Jesus was more than just a baby and she rejoiced!
In the same area near Bethlehem there were shepherds out in the fields with their herds of sheep. They were probably resting peacefully under the stars when an angel appeared in front of them and God’s glory was so bright around them that they were terrified! The angel urged them not to be afraid because he had good news of great joy!
Then a great multitude of heavenly hosts appeared with the angel and together they praised God saying “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and good will to men!” The angels knew this baby boy was God’s Son and they rejoiced!
Suddenly the angels were gone and the shepherds knew they needed to go to Bethlehem and see this baby the angel had told them about. They found Mary and Joseph and their baby who was sleeping in a manger and told them about how the angels had appeared to them. The shepherds had seen the baby Messiah God had promised and they rejoiced!
After a time Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him before the Lord and to offer a sacrifice. There was a man there named Simeon who was a devout and righteous man who loved God and was waiting on the promised Messiah. He had even been told by God that he wouldn’t die until he had seen Christ. When Simeon came into the temple he was filled with God’s spirit. When he saw Mary and Joseph with the baby he took Him in his arms and blessed Him and then asked the Lord to let him now depart in peace. He had seen the salvation and glory of Israel and he rejoiced!
There was also a widow in the temple whose name was Anna. She was a prophetess and served the Lord in the temple faithfully days and night with fastings and prayers. When she heard Simeon she began giving thanks to God telling everyone that the redemption of Israel they had been waiting for was here! Anna, a faithful servant of God, rejoiced!
And then there were the wise men from the East. They followed a star which went before them and it brought them to were the Child (Jesus) was and they rejoiced with exceeding great joy! When they saw the Child with Mary His mother they fell on the knees and worshiped Him. The wise men knew this Child was the King of Kings and they rejoiced!
Sometimes I try to put myself into each scene.
- Mary was a young girl ready to have her first baby in a smelly barn.
- The shepherds were resting on a hillside watching sleeping sheep.
- The angels were joyfully singing praises.
- Simeon and Anna were waiting patiently see the Messiah.
- The wise men followed a moving star.
They were each so devoted to God that they saw God revealing His plan and got to be a part of it.
There were others that night who missed the whole thing. I don’t want to miss seeing what God wants me to see.
This Christmas with all the festivities lets’ be looking for the Savior and rejoicing like these devout followers of God did many years ago. (Click to Tweet!)
They knew God, they all saw Jesus and they rejoiced!
Read Dee Travis’ newest release, Celebrate Life: Living to Serve God and Encourage Other as We Celebrate Life Together, an ebook that explores the good things in life and the different ways to celebrate them with your spouse, children, church family, and friends.
This advent season, check the Vyrso blog each weekday for advent reflections that will inspire and encourage you to reflect on the true reason for Christmas. Take time to reflect today with a guest post by author Dee Travis, written with the purpose to encourage and help celebrate life with loved ones. It’s the most wonderful time of […]