“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” Luke 2:14
CHRIST IS BORN
“Lift up your head and be of good cheer; for behold, the time is at hand, and on this night shall the sign be given, and on the morrow come I into the world, to show unto the world that I will fulfil all that which I have caused to be spoken by the mouth of my holy prophets.” 3 Nephi 1:13
“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7
Christ our Savior is born!!
With the news of the Saviors birth, the Wise Men began their journey to find the truth of this miraculous event. You and I also began our divine errand to ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ to witness the presence of the Son of God, in our lives. We have taken opportunities for repentance...for changing our lives and overcoming all that is not light. It has been a long and difficult journey, but, for most, it has become most meaningful, even a season of enlightenment.
The name Bethlehem means a house of bread or it is also called Ephrath, fruitful place. Christ, the Bread of Life, was born in the house of bread and placed in a manger there. Our ‘Bethlehem’ is a place where we will be fed, replenished and filled...beyond anything we could ever imagine.
Our journey began with our desires....our perceived needs in mind. That desire or destination sent us on a journey to find that which we hoped would solve our problems and make our hearts happy and joyful. But, we don’t always know where our course will take us...it is the actual beginning....the stepping out of our comfort zone, that is important....then we just follow the light.
We understand that everything happens for a reason, but we can’t always know the reason when the journey begins.
We wanted to travel to ‘Bethlehem’ the place where we could find the answers to our challenges, our struggles and our need to be whole.
“Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.” Luke 2:15
Imagine the thrill of the Wise Men when they finally came to the place where the Savior was! They were finally able to know for themselves the reality of the Son Of God! They worshiped Him and present to Him....their precious gifts.
Our destination, our ‘Bethlehem’ is a place where we too will come to know Jesus Christ. It can happen anywhere, but our ‘Bethlehem’...the fruitful place, is the place where we discover the Savior and His everlasting love for each who travel there.
This is the event we have all been anticipating, as we have come to the end of this journey. It is the time that, through our sacrifices, we have been brought to where He is...and we found joy and peace, the peace that comes to our hearts because Christ came into the world.
Jesus is the gift, that we have been seeking, it is a gift that perfectly fits the size of every heart....every need....and we worship Him. With pure hearts, we present the gifts and sacrifices that we have lovingly and conscientiously prepared, as our ultimate offering....for Him. For it is only in our pure hearts that Christ can be born again....He comes to life in each and every pure heart.
Let every heart prepare him room....let earth receive her King!
THE GLORY OF IT ALL
“In these precious moments we realize what we feel and know in our heart - that Christmas is really about the Christ.” Thomas S. Monson
Because of the things we have experienced on our ‘Journey to Bethlehem’, we now know, more fully, what the birth of our Savior means to us, and for us. The celebration of Christmas is indeed for the birth of the Son of God....but it is also a celebration for His life, His ministry and His death. It is His whole life’s divine purpose and mission that makes Christmas the holiest of all seasons.
Because of Him, we live and will live. Because of Him, all who desire will find light. Because of Him, all who seek with pure intent will find God. And those who walk with God will always reach their destination!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
In teaching us about the Christ’s birth, our most recent Prophet, Russell M. Nelson helped us to open our minds to the big picture, when he said; “Remember that the fullness of Christ’s ministry lies in the future. The prophecies of His Second Coming have yet to be fulfilled. At Christmas, of course, we focus upon His birth. But, He will come again. At His First Coming Jesus came almost in secret. Only a few mortals knew of His birth. At His Second Coming the whole of humankind will know of His return. Then He will come, not as “a man traveling on the earth,” but His glory “shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.” Elder Russell M. Nelson, Devotional address given at Brigham Young University on December 10, 2002.
Jesus is the hope of our world. He isn’t just the reason for the season. He is the heart of every Christmas and the reason for every day of our life.
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. Luke 2:14
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - On your Journal Page, write down the feelings in your heart that will best describe how you felt when the Spirit of Christ touched your heart and you knew that He is the Christ. Have you felt the peace and joy that only He can bring?
2 - Write in your ‘Sacred Journal’ a letter to Heavenly Father. This has been a very enlightening experience. Share your deepest feelings with your Father who brought you to this ‘fruitful’ place.
3 - Share briefly your testimony on #6 to complete your Bethlehem Map.
4 - I invite you to share, in the comment section of this Whisperings Blog, your thoughts and feelings about any experience you have had as you travel along on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. We would all love to be inspired by your experience.
Christ our Savior is born!!
Love always, Jeannie