And so the birth of Jesus begins... with great fanfare.
I know, I know. Lots of stuff went down last year. But something extraordinary happened on December 21, 2020. In a year of many “extraordinary events,” this one topped it all. On the day of the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and the longest night, two planets aligned in a way that hadn’t happened in over 800 years. Jupiter and Saturn crossed orbits and came as close to each other as possible, creating the impression of a huge light in the sky… otherwise known as The Star of Bethlehem.
I don’t know about you, but in a year when everything went pear-shaped from the get-go, maybe the Lord just wanted to wrap it all up by letting us see the fanfare of what the ancients may have seen. A star in the East, pointing the way to the Savior of the world. That’s some pretty big fanfare, friends. And at just the point when the day is short and the night is long, God the Father put a sign in the heavens, reminding us that the Savior of the world is close. How close are you to Him?
It’s the question of the ages, really. As we’re about to celebrate the arrival of Jesus Christ onto the landscape of human history, let’s mark this week with great detail and significance. Jesus is close, y’all. Celebrate with gusto! But mostly, be reminded: He came for you. He is truly the best gift you’ll ever receive.
How about you? In what ways is Jesus the best gift you’ve received?