What started out as a place filled with dirt, smells and darkness is soon presented with gold, incense and myrrh.
Reference: v.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. (NIV Bible)
Explore: When Jesus comes into our lives He can bring a beauty that we never thought could exist.
Think of the place where Jesus was born. It would have been dirty, smelly and dark. There were not many places that would have been worse to have a baby. And yet, that is how Jesus entered the world.
However, as soon as Jesus was born that stable changed. By the time Jesus was only a couple of hours old, the stable had become a place of worship and comfort for the outcast (shepherds).
And the worship does not finish there. What started out as a place filled with dirt, smells and darkness is soon presented with gold, incense and myrrh.
When Jesus turns up He can completely transform a situation.
Application: This is the same when it comes to our lives. We may feel like we are dirty, that our lives stink, and we can’t see our way forward. However, Jesus brings life, grace and love into our situation.
Jesus is able to bring us grace that covers all our wrongdoing, love that is all encompassing, and a hope that gives us a purpose for the future. No matter what our lives look like currently, a greater relationship with Jesus will always bring a brighter future.
Prayer: Sovereign Lord, thank you for changing our lives for the better. May we use this life to bring glory to you. Amen.
How has Jesus changed your life?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.
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