HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! IT IS 2019 AND CHRISTMAS IS OVER. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE WISE MEN FOR A MOMENT. THEY WERE NOT AT THE STABLE. THEY CAME TO SEE JESUS WHEN HE WAS AROUND TWO YEARS OLD. WHEN MY WIFE SETS UP HER NATIVITY SEEN AT HOME THE WISE MEN ARE ON THE OTHER END OF THE SHELF. SHE SAID THEY ARE STILL ON THEIR JOURNEY.
The Visit of the Wise Men
2 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, 2 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.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “ ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Mt 2:1–12). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
- WITH JESUS YOU ARE NOT THE LEAST (VERSE 6 )
- WHEN YOU RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR YOU RECEIVE THE GREATEST POWER SO YOU ARE NOT THE LEAST BUT AMONG THE GREATEST. YOU ARE A CHILD OF GOD
- YOU ARE ONLY AS STRONG AS YOUR FAITH.
- GROW YOUR FAITH IN GOD AND GROW YOUR CONFIDENCE
- NOT EVERYONE SEEK JESUS ARE WANTING TO WORSHIP
- KING HEROD WAS JEALOUS. OTHERS MAY BE JEALOUSOR SEEKING FOR OTHER UNGODLY REASONS
- WE ARE TO BE LIKE THE WISE MEN AND CONTINUE FOLLOWING THE LIGHT UNTIL WE ARRIVE. DON'T LET OTHERS CHANGE US OR SWAY US IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION
- FOLLOW THE LIGHT UNTIL YOU ARRIVE
- THE WISE MEN FOLLOWED A STAR
- JESUS IS OUR LIGHT AND WE ARE TO FOLLOW UNTIL WE ARRIVE IN HEAVEN WITH HIM
- OUR JOURNEY MAY
- FEEL LONG, SLOW AND AT A STAND STILL
- FEEL LIKE YOU ARE RUNNING LATE
- HAVE OBSTACLES
- HOWEVER OUR JOURNEY IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED TO GLORIFY GOD
- IF THE WISE MEN WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED AT KING HEROD'S THEN PROHECY WOULD N OT HAVE BEEN FULLFILLED AND SCRIPTURE WOULD HAVE MISTAKES. KEEP READING CHAPTER TWO
OH YEAH MOST LIKELY THERE WAS CLOSER TO 2O (we do not know the actual number because the scriptures do not report the number of wise men) WISE MEN THAN THREE. BASED ON THE FACT THAT THEY TRAVELED IN BANDS RATHER THAN IN SMALL PODS OF PEOPLE. IT WAS SAFER AND BETTER FOR THEM. ALSO THESE MEN WERE CALLED MAGI'S WHICH WERE MADE UP OF ASTROLOGIST AND BLACK MAGIC. THE FACT THAT GOD USED THEM TO GET THE WORD TO KING HEROD AND TO COME VISIT JESUS WAS NOT BECAUSE GOD WAS ACCEPTING THEIR EVIL WAYS BUT SHOWING THAT GOD SENT HIS SON FOR EVERYONE AND TO OVERCOME THE FUTILE RELIGIONS THAT ARE NOT OF GOD. TO SHOW THAT EVERYONE WILL BOW BEFORE CHRIST EVENTUALLY.
I DON'T KNOW HOW BAD YOU ARE OR HOW GOOD YOU ARE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR YOU ARE BOUND FOR HELL. IF YOU THINK YOU WILL NOT BOW BEFORE JESUS ONE DAY YOU ARE WRONG. EVERY KNEE WILL BOW.
HAVE A BLESSED DAY AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!