Read Isaiah 60:1-6. TEXT: 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. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy (Luke 2:9-10).
The wise men near the end of their journey. Having heard the prophecy of the Savior's birth, and learning of the reign of Him whose star they have followed, they now see it appear to guide them on the last leg of the journey. With thrill and anticipation they hurry to follow it.
Our Advent and Christmas journey is nearly complete as well. Like the wise men, we rejoice greatly over all that the Lord has revealed to us about the birth of His Son, our Savior. We marvel that He became one of us, that He came to live a human life among us. We are filled with an exceedingly great joy that no circumstance in life can take away because He has won complete victory for us in His life, death and resurrection.
As we go on our way through life, we can be assured our Lord Jesus will go with us, and His presence will fill us with great joy. Then as the end of our journey draws near-either through age, sickness, accident or death itself-we can lift up our heads with joy and rejoicing, knowing that soon, very soon, we will enter our Lord's house and live in His glorious presence forever.
That is reason for being completely overjoyed!
THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for filling my heart with joy and gladness. Keep me at Your side throughout the rest of my journey, until you bring me to Your happy home. Amen.
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