At Christmas, I often think of the manger, the three wise men, the star over Bethlehem. I may even go so far as to consider Mary, the virgin birth, her heart of worship.
This morning, as Sherry and I shared morning coffee, we discussed Jesus' ministry. I've heard many share that His ministry began in earnest when He was about thirty years old. On some level, this is true. But I believe it started much earlier.
When Did Jesus' Ministry Start?
As we sat and enjoyed the morning sun, awed by the beauty of its rays piercing the clouds overhead, it occurred to me that Jesus' ministry began long before His thirtieth year. The moment Mary realized she carried the Son of God (Luke 1:45), the very moment that Elizabeth's baby (John the Baptist) heard Mary's voice and leapt in his mother's womb. Jesus was at work.
In the lowly manger, surrounded by the animals, those who came to visit Him were awestruck. From all appearances, He was a mere helpless baby, laying in a bed of straw; yet those who were there and came from afar were ministered to simply by being in His presence.
Jesus, Immanuel, God with us, God in flesh, the Great I AM, evoked amazement and awe simply by being here. Not through healing the sick, not through great sermons or by bearing our burdens. His ministry required nothing more than His presence.
When the Magi saw the star which indicated His location and presence, they rejoiced (Matthew 2). When they came into His presence, they fell to their knees and worshipped Him. Just being there, seeing the Child who was given to us, inspired them to fall in adoration.
This Christmas, take time to simply stop. Be in His presence. Fall to your knees and worship Him not for what He has done, is doing or will do, but rather worship Him for the simple fact that He is. He is HERE!
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