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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 19

ABCs of Christmas (R) – Philippians 4:4

How often do you rejoice? Why?

The “R” of Christmas is Rejoice, which means to express or show joy.

There are not many details about the Wise Men that went in search of the newborn King. They told King Herod, “We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2). Herod called for the chief priests and scribes, and they told him that the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem. The Wise Men left and started to Bethlehem, “and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was” (Matthew 2:9).

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy” (Matthew 2:10). Evidently they realized that their long quest was over. They had finally found the Christ—the One for whom they had been searching. The Wise Men certainly expressed their “exceeding great joy.” They “fell down, and worshipped him: and . . . they presented unto him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

When He was about 30 years old, Jesus began His public ministry. On one occasion, He sent 70 of His followers out for ministry. They returned with joy because of what they had seen happen during their trip. However, Jesus said, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20).

Jesus also said that even if you are persecuted, Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:12).

It is evident that the Lord wants His people to express their joy regardless of what the situation may be. Paul wrote,Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice (Philippians 4:4).