Exceedingly Great Joy

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Religion and Spirituality  |  House: Booksie Classic

After the shepherds heard the personal invite to see Jesus, they ran straight to Bethlehem, in their dirty clothes. 

The magi, on the other hand, put a lot of preparation into seeing Him...




“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.” Our words created a big stir in Jerusalem. King Herod was shaking, and so was everyone else. They were clueless about this new birth of the ages.


We were standing there, with our entourage, waiting for an answer. I noticed a young man eying one of the sacks on my camel. I whistled to my attendant to be on guard, which he immediately was, sword at the ready. The young man left. 


If he only knew what was in that sack. Very expensive frankincense and myrrh. 


"Why are we bringing incense? We're not going to the temple. And why myrrh? We aren't anointing the dead," my colleagues questioned. Yet something inside me said my gifts were appropriate for this new King. And they were much lighter than the bars of gold we were lugging, also for Him. 


Herod convened a meeting with the experts of Scripture, who were said to know where the Christ was to be born. Still waiting, we took a hotel. 


Finally we received a secret summons from Herod himself. He wanted to know exactly when the star appeared.

"Two years ago," we told him. And we have spent these two years thinking of little else. First we spent months planning this trip, and now we have been on our journey for seasons on end. We miss our families, but we are excited about who we came to see. Our anticipation is building by the hour. 


"Bethlehem," Herod said, "is where you should go. And when you find the Child, report to me, so I too can come and worship Him."


Thrilled with this information, we are on our way...






Their investments were greatly rewarded. For when they saw the star over Jesus, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

Submitted: January 09, 2021

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