Imagine What They Saw In Christmas

800px-Adoration_of_the_Magi_Tapestry_detailThere it glimmered, an unimaginable future based on a plan that would physically and spiritually overtake our world of slavery and darkness through the birth of one babe. Isaiah saw it, and about 700 years later, three wise men known as the Magi beheld it too. Perhaps you think that they foresaw the birth of Jesus and His categorical impact on mankind — his gift of eternal grace and salvation for all who would want it — and the unparalleled feat of victory over death through his resurrection that would benefit, again, all of humankind. They actually saw this and much more. They gazed beyond the course of our terrestrial existence.  They saw the domain of our Lord’s kingdom to which we are all invited to live past our earthly expiration. They practically tasted the water at the end of the stream who’s life force could only lead to a place of unsurpassed peace, love, beauty, and perfection. No wonder the three wise men were willing to risk everything: trekking over mountains and harsh, measureless deserts, braving weather and wilderness, hostiles, and demons — to find baby Jesus and deliver the best of their riches to honor Him. Nothing could be more important. They wanted to follow Him to that place where only the Messiah, their Creator, could lead them. Their joy in finding Him must have unleashed an outpouring of cathartically grateful tears that would strengthen their hearts forever.

Do our lives mirror their journey? Do we press forward to find Him, knowing that all other enticing streams are secondary because only His gives us life? And every year, every corner of the planet ignites for an entire season to celebrate His Spirit of giving. As you read through the prophet Isaiah’s report, pause to envision what both he and the Magi discovered about Christmas.

Isaiah 11:1-10 CEV

1afc8c79c1f8e8cd3b1975f2a136bb0a“Like a branch that sprouts from a stump, someone from David’s family will someday be king. The Spirit of the Lord will be with him to give him understanding, wisdom, and insight. He will be powerful, and he will know and honor the Lord. His greatest joy will be to obey the Lord.

This king won’t judge by appearances or listen to rumors. The poor and the needywalking-on-water will be treated with fairness and with justice. His word will be law everywhere in the land, and criminals will be put to death. Honesty and fairness will be his royal robes. Leopards will lie down with young goats, and wolves will rest with lambs. Calves and lions will eat together and be cared for by little children. Cows and bears will share the same pasture; their young will rest side by side. Lions and oxen will both eat straw.

Little children will play near snake holes. Kingdom-Isaiah 11_6-7They will stick their hands into dens of poisonous snakes and never be hurt.

Nothing harmful will take place on the Lord’s holy mountain. Just as water fills the sea, the land will be filled with people who know and honor the Lord.”

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About Light Stream

Casandra Moreno Lombera is an author, blogger, and Emmy nominated television producer who grew up in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver communities. In junior high school, she promised her single mother that she would get straight A’s in order to graduate early and help her relocate to Aurora, Colorado. She did… and though women and Latinas were scarcely visible in television, she dreamed of a future in broadcast journalism. From an early age, Casandra wanted children and loved to write. She began her career in television (writing and reporting on camera) at the age of 18. She also began raising two very successful children as a single mom. Throughout her career, she became an award winning, television producer/program creator (receiving both the Imagen and Golden Eagle Awards); was executive producer of both public affairs and children’s programming at KWHY-TV, Channel 22; and worked on camera hosting public affairs talk shows for many years. More distinctive opportunities came her way, however her desire to write children’s books and to blaze new trails in the publishing world became irrepressible. Her dreams today focus on empowering youth, writing (particularly about God’s love for them), and raising money for the impoverished through organizations like Hope Worldwide https://www.hopeww.org/sslpage.aspx. Throughout her life, she has been passionate about hands-on giving to the community and has received many forms of appreciation (including a congressional commendation) for her efforts. She has served on several boards including Communications Bridge Institute, training disadvantaged youth in television production; St. Anne’s, building futures for at risk teens and unwed mothers; HOPE, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality; the American Diabetes Association fund raising committee; and the Consumer Advisory Committee for the California Contractors State Licensing Board. Casandra is also a recipient of La Opinion’s 2012 Mujeres Destacadas (Exceptional Women) Award. She is completely smitten with her husband, two children, and four grand babies who inspired Light Riders. Follow her @casandratweets and @Lightersbook on Twitter. Her blog is at http://www.shewentthere.wordpress.com. Direct Contact: Lightridersbook@gmail.com
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