A Great Joy

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” – Matthew 2:10 (NASB)

“Rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” The Message translates the words, “They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!” Either translation (NASB or MSG) suggests joy of an emphatic nature. It is not the simple, quiet joy that arrives every dawn but the ecstatic joy of discovery.

David exemplifies such joy when he dances in the streets—much to Michal’s chagrin (2 Samuel 6:12-23). David doesn’t care who sees him; he must dance and worship the King of Kings. He acts foolish and proves himself wise (1 Corinthians 1:18-31).  

The same kind of joy bubbles up and overflows the wise men. As The Message says, they can’t contain it. The intellectuals from the east experience an unexplainable euphoria, one that causes them to fall and worship at the feet of Jesus. They bow before a toddler and present him with gifts. 

They rejoice exceedingly with great joy because they have made an eternal discovery, albeit one that might result in ridicule or loss of position. But the wise men don’t care about those things anymore. They rejoice like fools because they have found the best thing, the greatest joy, and they refuse to let it be taken from them.

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