RIVER KING JOY
Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him. “After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”
One of the most beloved Christmas stories of all is the one about the wise men who came from the east. They came in search of the promised messiah who would come from the house of David to become the king of the jews. These men, who were probably some sort of astrologers, observed something in the heavens that caused them to leave everything in search of the greatest of all treasures. Have you ever had an interruption in your life that caused you to drop everything! These men did. They traveled hundreds of miles on foot (or on camels) in search of this promised king. When they found Him they were not disappointed. They rejoiced with exceeding great joy at the treasure they had found.
All of us know about joy, after all its what we are all looking for. When you find it, you discover your purpose in life. What kind of joy are you looking for this Christmas. Some are looking for joy found in winning the lottery (good luck with that), others are counting on a bonus at work to boost their Christmas cheer, or maybe you are looking for mistletoe joy, or just the pleasure in some time off from work or school. But that joy is not the same as the joy experienced by the wise men. They tasted the spiritual joy found only in the Presence of the King of Kings. Others may be satisfied with parties or momentary sensual diversions, but not you. You know there is more! When was the last time your joy overflowed. This joy is not determined by your financial state, our political status, or by that special Christmas gift. This is spiritual joy and it always seems to catch us by surprise. These wise men would have been satisfied with the birth of a great king or emperor, or so they thought, but when they found Jesus they knew they had found more than they expected. They were surprised by joy in the presence of the Lord. Most people sell themselves short in life, as C.S. Lewis says, “we are far too easily pleased”. Don’t be satisfied with just another holiday this year, like wise men of old, only settle for the real thing. Only settle for RIVER KING JOY.