December 20, 2019
Jesus is the reason for the season
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:10-11 NIV
Good morning friends, happy Friday.
It is the most wonderful time of the year. A time of sharing, caring and giving. It is the Advent season, the Christmas season and the season of “giving”.
Today’s reading is reminding us of the gift of God to the world, many moons ago. Matthew gave an account of what took place when the wise men saw the star of David and went to see Jesus in the manger were he was born. Matthew tells of the gifts and treasures they brought to Jesus. However, what I found most interesting is the fact that they bowed before him, and worshiped him before they presented gifts to him.
The more I reflected on the text, the more I realized the excellency of God and how he inspires his people to tell the story of Jesus’ coming. I believe that every word and phase was carefully thought about. This is the sequence of events:
1. They saw the star and they were overjoyed.
2. When they arrived at the house, they saw child, with his mother Mary.
3. They bowed down and worshiped him
4. Then they presented gifts and treasures to him.
Brothers and sisters, the point I want to make is that our worship should take precedence over our gifts and treasures. Jesus inhabits the praise of his people. Like the wise men had their priorities straight , so should we. The most important thing about this season is celebrating the gift of God to us. It is not a gift of silver or gold. It is far more meaningful, it is the gift of Salvation.
This Advent season, I urge us believers to get our priorities straight*. Our worship to God is always seen in the way we treat others during this time. Like Peter & John at gate beautiful “silver and gold have I none, but as I have give I thee, IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH, rise up and walk!
The people in Jamaica and around the world, need more than Just a Christmas package. They need healing and restoration so that they may be able to live well for the other 364 days in the year.
Until next week, Jesus is the reason for the season. Give him your best praise and activity worship him through the giving of lasting gifts to those around you.