A Season of Hope

Hope comes from unexpected places.

After the journey to Judea, the birth of the child in a stable, Mary and Joseph take their baby to the temple.
Simeons words still echo in Mary’s mind,
“This child will cause many to rise and fall, many will oppose him, he will reveal the secret thoughts of many, and a sword will pierce even your own soul Mary”.
Not exactly encouraging words, spoken by someone you don’t know, who knows your name.
Really a little spooky.
But then there have been many unusual things surrounding the birth of this precious child.
Sometime later expected guests appear at their door.
Not just any guests.
These guests are obviously royalty, distinguished foreigners, evidenced by the great company traveling with them, and the gifts they bring.
The biblical account in Matthew 2:11 records these words
” and as soon as the wise men arrived, they saw Him with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. They unpacked their satchels and gave Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:11
They had traveled a great distance following a star to honor a king, remarkable for two reasons:
It is strange for a baby to be born king, usually they are princes a long time before they are kings*
In those days Jews were viewed with contempt, looked down on as a troublesome and conquered race.**
But these men came to worship a baby, born as King of the Jews.
The gifts they gave were exceptionally good gifts.
Gold that is given to kings
Incense given to priests
Myrrh used to heal.
Mary and Josephs son would be all these things.
King, priest, healer.
The Bible does not record Mary and Josephs reaction to these events.
We know that shortly after they would flee to Egypt to protect the child.
But I can’t help but think that these unexpected events gave Joseph and Mary a glimpse of God’s hand in their circumstances, and hope in the days ahead.
Whatever situation you might need hope for today, the same God who provided hope for Joseph and Mary, can do the same for you.
It might come in a way you do not expect….

*Commentary by Charles Spurgeon
**Commentary by D.A. Carson

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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