DAY 3 OF 365 IN 2021
Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Over the last couple of weeks, even as we power through this time in history, the most difficult conversations I have had with most people has not been about a financial predicament or some complicated conundrum, but those who have lost their sense of worth. Those who by means of recent events or happenings, see themselves as nothing but burdens, burdens that need not to be carried by other people. Their lives in itself, they deem moot.
This came to mind as I read the story of Jesus. His life as a child was one that seemed to come with troubles for many. Beginning with His mother, Mary, Joseph her husband, the wise men and his age mates when he was still a baby. Even when he was older, he entrusted a mission that would still spell trouble for many.
Yet we can still ask questions
- why was he born to his parents in the reign of a king who would want Him dead?
- Why would he engage in and entrust a mission that would be the start of trouble for his followers?
- In effect, was he not creating burdens or becoming one himself?
These were the things I thought about even as I read today’s text.
However, he is quick to emphasise “my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. In spite of the dangers that stood His way, His birth was heralded and He was safely navigated through the perils that He faced until His mission on the cross was completed. Only then would He say “It is finished”. Sweetheart, your life may appear filled with many loads, but rest assured, you have help to carry them. This is a reminder:
you may not have placed a value on your life yet, but I assure you if you are still here today, reading this message, it is not finished. God is not done with you.sly