The Present of Hope  

2“Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. …11 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.” Mathew 2:2; 11

Reflecting upon the birth of Mary’s baby──God’s Son, the Magi’s  worship and gifts to the Lord, stirs consciousness that Jesus must be internally nurtured yet unconfined, unrestrained and unrestricted; a precious gift of spiritual and tangible love opened to externally engage our lives. Ps. 16:11 proclaims “You make known to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. “This sings of what comes to the forefront of our hearts during Christmas, renewing the consciousness of hope. 

Our text reveals that having been directed by the Holy Spirit, this was Magi’s expectation as they arrived in Jerusalem. In fact their remarks “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”” (not directed to anyone in particular) impresses that everyone will be full of the same awareness, hopefulness, joyfulness at the King of Kings presence and rule in our lives. The Holy Spirit is still here to fill our hearts with hope, joy and eagerness to worship Jesus. 

This year you are encouraged to fully open your heart and eyes to experience Christmas as it is truly meant to be. And, may you adorn your home and delight your hearts, not with an ordinary Christmas tree but with the essence of a “Jesus Tree”; full of light, life, love, hope, promises and treasures for evermore. And above all, gifts of worship for Christ our Lord!   

Merry Christmas,

Rev. Von Crigler

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