Thursday, December 20, 2012

Word of the Day... December 20, 2012

Visitors from the East

 1  Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, 2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
 3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
 6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
      are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
   for a ruler will come from you
      who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’
 7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
 9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
 12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod. Matt.2:1-12

When we think of the Wise Men we picture three guys with pointy shoes riding camels with gifts to present to the Baby Jesus.  They were so cool that they had their own song that we sing every Christmas in three part harmony.  However, when we peel the tradition away we find out that the Bible doesn't say there were only three, doesn't mention camels and doesn't give their names.

The Bible calls them Magi.  In the English language we get our word magic and magician from this word.  These Magi were men who consulted the stars.  Kings and Pharaohs sought them out for their wisdom and guidance. These Magi were steeped in occultism  and false religion.  They were probably very powerful and would be considered almost royalty themselves.  Believe me they didn't ride camels.  They probably rode the most magnificent Arabian stallions and had an escort riding with them for protection.

The wise men were not present at the birth of Jesus at that manger in Bethlehem.  In verse 2:11 the Bible tells us that they entered the house not the manger.  It goes on to say  that "they saw the child" (not the baby) with Mary the mother and fell down and worshiped Him.

These wise men from the east knew something that King Herod and most of the other people would never know:  This little Toddler in a very humble home, born to common working class people would one day rule the world.

The Magi brought Him gifts befitting a king: gold, frankincense and myrrh.  You may ask yourself what kind of a gift is that to give to a little kid?  But those wise men had insight as to why He came into the world.  They gave Him gold, because one day He will be King of Kings.  The gave Him Frankincense, because they recognized he would become a High Priest, representing people to God.  And they gave Him myrrh, which was used for embalming.  Why would anyone give a toddler something so morbid and inappropriate?  They recognized that this King, this High Priest, would die for our sins....  That He would give us the ultimate gift...  His very life.

So as we reflect on giving gifts this Christmas, lets not forget Jesus and the great gift that He has given to each and every one of us.  The gift of salvation.  Eternal life with Him.  He is right there at the door to your heart waiting for you to invite Him inside to be your Lord and Savior.  All you have to do is just ask Him into your heart today. 

 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you took the pain of the cross to give me new life. I ask you to come into my heart and to give me your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive you now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow you and to serve you all my life. Thank you, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  I hope that all of you have a Simply Heavenly Day!!! 


OH wow I never saw this story this way and the way you put it makes perfect sense thank you for this.
Bless you this Christmas
I am a new follower to your blog BTW.

I just followed you back. Thank you so much for your kindness and I hope that you are blessed this Christmas!!! :):)

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