Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Celebrating One Night in Bethlehem Day 10

A Journey of Worship

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2; ESV

One of the truths that the Christmas story points to is the truth that Jesus is the King of all the world.  Jesus is not limited to being the messiah, the king, and the savior of the Jews; but he is the king of anyone who will seek Him.  The wise men stand apart from the other people in the Christmas story because they undertook a long journey to find and worship Jesus. 

We face the danger of having the events of Christmas, and even Jesus himself, become so familiar to us that we miss their importance.  Isn’t that what happened to Jews of Jesus’ day?  They had access to the Scriptures that told of the coming messiah, but not only did they miss Jesus’ birth, but they missed Jesus.  The religious leaders were so familiar with the texts and the explanations of those texts that they were unable to see those text being fulfilled right in front of their eyes.

The wise men were not familiar with the Scriptures, but somehow and someway they were looking for something special and God allowed them to make a connection between the star they saw in the sky and the birth of Jesus.  These Gentile scholars may not have been familiar with the Jewish texts, but they were on a search for truth, and that search lead them to Jesus.

As we prepare our hearts for Christmas may the wise men remind us to seek Jesus.  Don’t be so familiar with the story that you miss out on Jesus and what God is doing in the world.  Take some time today to pray.  Ask God to lead you on a journey to see the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done for us.  May we look at this familiar story with fresh eyes and hear it with clear ears.

A second reminder that the wise men give is to remind us that Jesus is the savior of the entire world.  I urge you to pray for a missionary working in another part of the world, a country that might be hostile to Christianity, or a people group that needs to hear the good news of the Gospel.  May we not hoard Jesus rather let us share Him with the world.

Here is the thought I would ask you to consider today: Christmas provides us with an opportunity to seek Jesus in truth and love.

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