After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east to Jerusalem and asked “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written. “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judea; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel. Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. A soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child and his mother Mary, and they worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another way. Matthew 2:1-12
Today is known as Little Christmas and some Christians also called this day “Three Kings Day”, since is known that Christmas season last for twelve days beginning on December 25 and ending on January 6.
The magi began their search in unbiblical ways, following messages hidden in an alien faith and wisdom. But their search led them to the God of the Bible. There is a lesson here for us. These Gentiles followed the star, building on the own motions of what it meant. They may have been following their own wisdom, but it was God who put eh star in the sky to attract them. They were Gentiles and they were among the first to recognize the birth of the Messiah. Already, in the birth of Jesus, Matthew sees the dividing walls between us and them, breaking down. What about the star? Was it a supernova? a comet? We do not know. But identifying the star would not change the faith which Matthew is writing. The star is important, he says, because it is God’s gracious gift. The dream is also about God’s grace. “Going home by another way” has been represented as a language of conversion ad changed lives, and it could mean that. It could also mean simply “to take a different road when you go home.” God is revealed not only in the special revelation of Scripture but in our natural world as well.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room available at the inn for them. Luke 2:7
Can any of us here today try to imagine the King of Kings, and Lord of Lord being born in a stable, a smelly one at that. And yet he was, he was not born in a fancy place where a earthly king’s child was to be born and place in a soft bed, the God of the universe was place in a manger, a manger made of straw, such a humble place for a King to be born. The joy and promise of Christmas is that the miracle of Bethlehem still happens. God still enters into the reality of our messy everyday lives. And so on this day, we open wide our hearts to receive the Christ child with joy. When Christ was born, so was our hope. The manger dares us to believe the best is yet to be. And it all can begin today for each and everyone of us. Prayerfully surrender your hopes to God, trusting that he is already at work to provide the light you seek, the help you need, the deliverance you long for.
Prayer: Lord Jesus please make my heart your home forever. Amen
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. ( This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:1-7
No one expected God to come the way he did as a baby. Yet the way he did come was every important as the coming itself. Jesus was born in a smelling stable along with the animals and then he was place in a manger that his mom Mary made it comfortable for her first born son. The Son of Man came down from his throne as a baby, a child that depend on his mom to be cared for and his father to protect him and his mother. He experienced hunger and thirst. He went through all the normal stages that we all do. He was taught to walk, talk, stand, and all the other things our own mothers taught us. As we journey through this Advent Season focus your eyes on the gift that will lay in the manger on Christmas morning which is the child. Read the Christmas story in the Gospel of Luke.
Remember Jesus is the Reason for this Season
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
Do not be afraid, I am sure some of you maybe thinking, well that’s easy for me to say. But it is more than that, these words I speak of are taking from the Gospel of Luke in the second chapter. Read these words that are taken from Luke, Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will be to all people, For unto you this day in the city of David a savior has been born. This will be a sign to you, you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rest. (New International Bible) As I shared with you in a previous writing that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was born in a stable among the animals. Of all the people in the world at that time that God sent his heavenly angels to the lowest of mankind, to the shepherds. Shepherds worked in their fields taking caring for their sheep’s, they didn’t smell to good, and they were poor men, but God felt it was important to send his angels to the shepherds, to announce the birth of his son, and not to any king who lived in a palace. What God was seeking back then and even today,on the day his son was born in Bethlehem was the hearts of all his people, and not something that can be brought. It was necessary for Jesus to be born because he would be the bridge between us and God. I could never imagine spending all of eternity away from God, because for me I can never be able to face each day with out God’s unconditional love for me, his child. When Jesus walk the earth many years ago he never promise to any of us that this life here on earth would be easy for us. If you look in the book of Hebrews chapter 13:5 NEVER WILL I LEAVE YOU, NEVER WILL I FORSAKE YOU. My friend God has never and I mean never broken a promise to his people, can any of us say the same, that we never broken any promise we made to God. Sometimes their are promises we make when we are in a jam, and when things get better we forget the promise that we did make to God in our difficult times, and yet he continues to love you and me. When things get hard for you or me instead of us running to our Lord and laying our problems at his feet, we run totally away from him, instead of towards him. The best friend that anyone could have is Jesus he will never disappoint you, his love will always be unconditional. On this Christmas Day I ask you won’t you open your hearts to the baby in the manager, as well as the child who grew up name Jesus, and once you accept Him as your own personnel Lord and Savior you will never regret it, because I never had.
Merry Christmas to one and all