When you hear the name “Jesus” what’s the first word that comes to your mind?
How about this…what reaction do you have when you hear the name “Jesus”?
Is it positive or negative?
Is it for him or against him?
Is it a reaction that reflects belief or unbelief?
Words matter…and words that reflect what we believe and lead us to action (or reaction) really matter.
So, how do you react to Jesus?
In the original story of Jesus’ birth, people reacted…
All who heard the shepherds wondered at what the shepherds told them. (Luke 2:18)
Jesus’ mother Mary treasured up all that was being said about her son. (Luke 2:19)
And, the shepherds praised God for all that they had heard and seen about Jesus. (Luke 2:20)
Later, the wise men searched for Jesus, and when they found him, they worshiped him. (Matthew 2:9-11)
But, not everyone reacted that way.
The birth of Jesus troubled Herod the king. (Matthew 2:3)
And, he reacted with deceit, and lies, and fear; and ultimately with a hatred that drove him to kill all the male children in Bethlehem. (Matthew 2:16)
The point is this…
The name of Jesus provokes all kinds of reactions. And, those reactions go one of two ways…
Positive or negative.
For or against.
Belief or unbelief.
This Advent season is an opportunity for you to react to Jesus.
It’s an opportunity for you to wonder (to be amazed) at who Jesus is, like the people who heard the news from the shepherds.
It’s an opportunity for you to treasure the Good News of salvation, like Mary did.
It’s an opportunity for you to praise God for the gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, like the shepherds did.
It’s an opportunity for you to search for him and worship him for the first time, like the wise men did.
Or, it’s an opportunity for you to continue living in fear and unbelief, like Herod did.
What’s your reaction to Jesus going to be this Advent season?