Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, was born in a way no one was expecting.
For 400 years the Jews waited in silence for the coming messiah. They held on to the hope that he would come and save them from the oppression of their enemies. He would be the perfect king that was promised hundreds of years before.
They expected a strong political leader who would set the Jews free from the rule of the Romans, and they wanted a king who would be wealthy and powerful. Indeed, Jesus was the promised king that the Jews had been waiting for, but He was not the king they were expecting.
He was born as a baby in a manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. He was no one famous, and His family had no sort of political power.
He was the most important person to ever walk the face of the earth. Jesus is the almighty king who deserves all honor and glory, yet He humbled Himself to become a mere human. The promise of the new covenant and the messiah is fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.
To almost everyone, Jesus' birth was insignificant because He seemed like a normal baby. But, hiding within what seemed like a normal baby was the promised messiah who would save the world. Many looked over the prophesies being fulfilled and didn't believe that the messiah had finally come.
But, while the world missed the birth of the savior, there were a few who were watching and waiting.
Luke chapter 2 tells us that there were shepherds nearby who heard from an angel of the good news, that Christ was born. Immediately they went to find this promised messiah who had been born into the world. They held on to the joyful good news that had been proclaimed to their ancestors centuries before.
"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." (verses 10-11)
Later in Luke chapter 2, there was a man named Simeon and prophetess named Anna who waited and looked eagerly for Jesus Christ. The moment they laid their eyes on the savior, they knew the prophecies were being fulfilled and that God had been faithful to His promises.
"He took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 'Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” (verses 28-32)
My prayer for you and for me is that we would look urgently for Jesus every moment of every day, and that we would seek Him above all else. May we lay down the cares and burdens of this world to seek and follow the perfect will of the Father.
The truth is, He is all around us, moving and working in our lives. We just have to look.
In the hidden moments when we can't see Jesus and His goodness, look for it and know that He is there. Even in the hidden things, His glory and goodness is found.
May we rest in the fact that His love for us is not hidden, but has been magnified through our promised Savior. How is He revealing His love to you today?
All you have to do is look.
How have you seen God's goodness work in your life?
How can you pour God's love into others during this season?
Is there anything in your life that is preventing you from seeking Jesus wholeheartedly?