Sometimes while writing, I become captured by what I call BCS (otherwise known as Blinking Cursor Syndrome). This typically happens when the Lord captures my attention and perspective in a way He never has before and I have trouble conveying that perspective into words laid beside one another in a Word document. Today I purchased a MacArthur Study Bible and held off writing the intro post of this month until today for that reason.
I have spoken with multiple friends who have studied from this great study bible for a while but the price tag just always got me. Today, with a coupon burning a hole in my pocket, I finally made the investment. With a highlighter coloring Matthew 1 and 2 as bright as a Tennessee sunset, the birth of Jesus and the wonder of how it all took place is becoming so real to me.
My sincere prayer for every reader is that the reality of the birth of our Savior; the kindness of Joseph to not expose Mary to the public disgrace of the typical ramifications of a pregnancy outside of marriage during their time; the angels who directed Joseph as the legal father of Jesus to move his new family from safe place to safe place; the Magi who came bearing gifts and worshipped Him…that all of these things would be real to us this year. Let’s see them as more than words strung together on a page by Matthew or Luke.
Let’s see these words as the living, powerful Word of God. Let’s use this holiday season to stop and remember the Jesus that we serve and live to mirror each day. This Jesus left His Father, came to earth in a lowly manger, lived a perfect, sinless life and eventually died on the cross for the sins of the world, for the sin of you and the sin in me.
I hesitate to share all of the truths I’ve gleaned from one of my most treasured portions of Scripture tonight. Why, you ask? We have an exciting month ahead of us, friends, and I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder. Danielle, Robin, Abbey and Becca have been asked to share their thoughts on many characters found present in the iconic nativity scene many of us currently have on display in our homes.
My challenge to you? View Mary, Joseph, the Magi and especially Jesus as so much more than figurines displayed on a coffee table during the Christmas season. Let’s put on their shoes and study the Scripture as if we are in it and not simply just reading words on a page. What was it like for Joseph to find out his fiancée was with child? What did Mary think? What did the wise men think when they saw Jesus for the first time? What did Joseph think when an angel appeared no less than 5 times (in the account in Matthew) telling him to travel from place to place to keep Jesus safe?
Let’s all look to the scene at Bethlehem through a new lens this year and see each person’s individual perspective.
Are you ready? Try reading Matthew 1-2 and Luke 2 this weekend in preparation for our study over the next few weeks.
We’ll see you next week!