Have you ever wondered how come Christmas came about? Why did Christ need to come to earth?HOW COME?
Hark the Herald Angels sing
Glory to the New Born KING!
The Prophet Isaiah announced the birth of the Christ 600 years before He came to earth!Isaiah
Wise Men are marked by this:
They always seek the Christ with focus and determination!
There are four groups of beings who had to do with the Coming of Jesus Christ into the world.
Today we want to look at those who were merely informed of the birth. This group is very different from the Shepherds and Scholars who were invited to celebrate the birth.
1 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the time when Herod was king. Soon afterward, some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the baby born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star when it came up in the east, and we have come to worship him."
3 When King Herod heard about this, he was very upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem.
4 He called together all the chief priests and the teachers of the Law and asked them, "Where will the Messiah be born?"
5 "In the town of Bethlehem in Judea," they answered. "For this is what the prophet wrote:
6 'Bethlehem in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least of the leading cities of Judah; for from you will come a leader who will guide my people Israel.' "
7 So Herod called the visitors from the East to a secret meeting and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem with these instructions:
"Go and make a careful search for the child; and when you find him, let me know, so that I too may go and worship him."
9 And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East.
When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs! It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. . . .
12 Then they returned to their country by another road, since God had warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod.
16 When Herod realized that the visitors from the East had tricked him, he was furious.
He gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its neighborhood who were two years old and younger - this was done in accordance with what he had learned from the visitors about the time when the star had appeared.
17 In this way what the prophet Jeremiah had said came true:
18 "A sound is heard in Ramah, the sound of bitter weeping. Rachel is crying for her children; she refuses to be comforted, for they are dead." (Good News Bible)
So far we have considered that God startled everyone by inviting both insignificant shepherds and also non-Jewish scholars to celebrate the birth of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we notice that God also allowed the king, Herod, and the top religious leaders in Jerusalem to be informed of the birth.
We understand that those who were invited, decided to put their faith in the knowledge they were given about the birth of the Messiah.
Those who were merely informed responded with upset, anger, hatred and infanticide. This was because they chose not to mix faith with the knowledge they were given concerning the Messiah's birth.
What about you?
How have you responded to the knowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, God and Messiah and that He came to earth to shed His blood so that Your sins would be forgiven?
Have you made personal connection with Him by mixing this knowledge with faith in your own heart?
Today is the best day for you to choose to reach out to the Lord Jesus with your heart and connect with Him. He will not let you down.
Father, thank You for sending Your Son, whom You love, to pay the price to reinstate human honour in Your presence.
Today I approach You with great thankfulness,
in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
who is Emmanuel, "God with us"
whose name is above all others in power and authority,