While Jesus’ arrival should have been celebrated, the meaning and joy of His arrival was missed by those who had lost sight of the meaning and purpose behind their religious practices—the hope of God’s presence with His people. Jesus had come to be that presence and to bring the dawn of a new age, and that meant everything was about to change.
Jesus is breaking down some of the most substantial political, religious, and social barriers of the day by healing people outside of Israel’s religious boundary markers. Jesus has not come merely as the Messiah of Israel, but He has come to be the Savior of the World, bringing reconciliation and restoration to all who turn to Him in faith.
Jesus’ birth is also known as the “first Advent.” While we joyfully celebrated this day, we are still waiting for the second Advent—when Jesus return. The Bible promises us that Jesus is coming back and that He will make right all the things
that are broken in our world; that He will redeem the world itself into a new creation.
We search for relationships and connections with others. We want to be seen and valued; known and loved. We seek out relationships with others because God created us for relationships. This desire is an echo of God’s voice calling us into a relationship with Him.
Jesus is calling people into a Kingdom where God is known as the true and eternal source of security and love. God Himself is the treasure our hearts long for, and living for His Kingdom brings indestructible joy.