The shepherd’s joy was at the beginning of Jesus time on earth. The appearance of the Savior in Bethlehem changed them.

Jesus has come to you. How has he changed you? “What kind of people ought you to be?” The Apostle Peter responds to this rhetorical question, “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” (see 2 Peter 3)

The coming or Advent of Jesus was not just an event in history. Jesus comes to us today in many ways, especially in the breaking of bread in our communion services.

What is our response in the meantime when He calls? Are we surprised like the shepherds or are we ready to follow through with the next step like Mary?

Paul prayed that we might see spiritually:

“I keep asking that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (Eph. 1:17-19)

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

Written by Charles Phillip Roof for Journey Community Church

Share: Share a time with someone when Jesus changed you.

Encourage: Echo the prayer of Paul with someone you know.

Inventory: Have you ever thought of the ways that Jesus comes to you regularly? Where does he show up in your life?

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