December 20, 2014 | Posted in: Devotional

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Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him… 

And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 

The term superstar is completely overused in our society it can mean anything from someone who truly is stellar in the world of acting or music right down to the gaggle of C list celebs who are famous for… well being famous!

Jesus is the only true superstar… Yes He’s been the subject of many a book, film and song but He is the only one who came healing the sick, raising the dead, cleansing the unclean, driving out demonic forces and forgiving sin.

Advent is the invitation to see the ‘star’ of human history… And rejoice exceedingly with GREAT joy. Happiness is always conditional upon circumstances… I won the lottery; the right girl fancies me; I got the job I was after; Part III of The Hobbit is finally released etc.

But Joy is not circumstantial, rather it is motivated, empowered and sustained by an unshifting truth… The God of Love came down and unlocked the Love of God for anyone who will respond by Loving God. He is not just ‘God WITH us’ but also ‘God IN us!’ and that is worth rejoicing over with exceedingly great joy. Oh and last time I checked seriousness was not a fruit of the Holy Spirit!

Joy may manifest itself in a form that looks just like happiness but its stimulus and outcome are totally different.

We can be Thankful In Advent that revealing of God leads to uncontrollable joy and joy is the bread and butter of the Kingdom of God.


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2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (ESV)

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