Sometime later, we don’t know exactly when, but by this time Mary, Joseph and Jesus were living in a house, and over their house was a bright light. A huge star—symbolizing the light of the world—still shone. Jesus may have been born in humble circumstances, but the Creator Father sent out a big birth announcement in the form of a beautiful, brilliant star.
These days, couples sometimes stick a big stork in their yard or hang a wreath on their door to announce to those passing by that their child has been born. But God declared the joy and celebration with an amazing heavenly light.
The light overhead wasn’t there for just a few hours. No, God let this heavenly light shine for a quite some time. It was as if He was shouting to the world and to those reading prophesy and watching for his Son, “My Son has arrived! Come and see Him, the new born King!”
There were some men watching for Him. They are known to us as the Wise Men. They believed the prophesies about the coming King so they had been watching for the star. When they saw the star, they headed toward Bethlehem. They “travelled until at last it shone immediately above the place where the little child lay. The sight of the star filled them with indescribable joy.” (Emphasis mine)
Can you imagine? I think there is always indescribable joy when a person steps into God’s presence. These road-weary Wise Men hopped off their camels and rejoiced that they had finally found the Christ Child, the King of all Kings.
“They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
Overcome. Overcome with indescribable joy. Overcome - they kneeled and worshiped Him. Then they gifted the family and the babe with very precious gifts.
And the story continues…
We continue the celebration by worshipping the Christ Child, Jesus, with the very precious gift of our lives. Nothing more. Nothing less.
My hope and prayer is that this Christmas season, you will be overcome with indescribable joy as you celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.