Advent - Part Four

Today marks the fourth and final entry in our Advent series. You can read the previous posts here.


Christ's Love for Everyone

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel."

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
                                                                                                                         Matthew 2:1-12

The entire story of Christ's arrival to earth is nothing short of fascinating. Since man fell in the Garden, the Savior's coming to set right the wrongs of the world have been foretold. Over the last few weeks, we have discovered a prophetic voice 700 years in the making. We have taken a look at the one who came to prepare the way. And least week, we discovered the joy of knowing that Christ has come. 

Today, we close this series by realizing that Christ's love is for everyone. The story of the Magi coming to visit the child, who is Jesus, is amazing. These men are from the area of Persia. They are astronomers and astrologers. They are scientists. And they are Gentiles. Up to this point in time, it was believed that the God of Israel was just that. God for the people of Israel, descendants of Abraham. But now, we see a group coming from outside the family to worship the King. 

At the time, the Magi were probably unaware of the significance of their visit. Today, we can look at it to see that God's love is for everyone! This was only further signified some time later when Paul became a missionary to the Gentiles.

Consider for a moment, that the arrival of Christ was more than just a savior coming to earth. It brought salvation to the entire world! Christ's love is for everyone!

So what do we do with this?

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christ's first arrival and long for his return, we should be thankful for the love He has bestowed upon us. We should also have a desire to share Jesus' love with everyone. This is a perfect season to help a friend in need. To support a stranger, donate our time and stuff for those who could benefit from it. We don't do this to build up ourselves....no, we do it to show people the love of Christ.

As we draw near to Christmas day, remember that ultimately, this day is about love coming to all of us. The love of a savior. The love of a king. It is a love that is for everyone. It is a love that we have the opportunity to share, every day.

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