Looking for the Messiah -- Simeon, Anna, and the Wise Men

Looking for the Messiah -- Simeon, Anna, and the Wise Men

December 30, 2018 5 min read 1 Comment

Once again, we are reminded of the precision of God’s execution of His eternal plan. Faithful Jews, Gentile wise men from the East, antagonistic rulers—all move through life within God’s purpose and redemptive plan. The movement of our lives is no less directed by God within that same grand plan ...
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The Wise Bow Before Him

The Wise Bow Before Him

December 29, 2018 2 min read

As God guided the magi by means of pagan astrological studies, celestial signs, prophetic interpretations, and a Roman governor’s jealousy, He also guided them through direct intervention in a dream...
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The First Conflict

The First Conflict

December 28, 2018 2 min read

Herod’s ruse, though quite clear to us as readers, must have been transparent to the religious leaders in the “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” sort of way: “I want to worship the child-king also.” Always currying concessions from the obstinate Jewish leaders, this insecure Roman puppet was laying a trap.
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Wisdom Seekers

Wisdom Seekers

December 27, 2018 2 min read

The magi, coming from the east, traveled a great distance and at great sacrifice to find the One signaled by the miraculous star. They had a sincere desire to find the Child and “worship Him.” They were from a class of men known for their wisdom and their study of the stars...
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Miraculous Birth

Miraculous Birth

December 25, 2018 2 min read

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus...
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Birth of the Messiah

Birth of the Messiah

December 24, 2018 2 min read

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The Greatest of All Miracles: The Incarnation (part 2)

The Greatest of All Miracles: The Incarnation (part 2)

December 23, 2018 4 min read

Perhaps they were the lowest of the shepherds doing night duty watching the sheep. Perhaps they were the owner shepherds guarding the sheep at lambing time. Sheep were necessary for food, for clothing, and for religious ceremony in Israel. Being a shepherd was an honorable profession. It is fitting that shepherds should hear the angelic annunciation...
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The Greatest of All Miracles: The Incarnation (part 1)

The Greatest of All Miracles: The Incarnation (part 1)

December 22, 2018 3 min read

God becoming man is the greatest of all miracles! Paul calls it a great mystery in introducing an early hymn of the church.
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Descent of the Messiah (part 4)

Descent of the Messiah (part 4)

December 21, 2018 2 min read

The genealogy of Christ contains a variety of individuals—some highly revered, some shady characters, and many nondescript people. In fact, some in His background are mentioned only in this list.
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Descent of the Messiah (part 3)

Descent of the Messiah (part 3)

December 20, 2018 2 min read

 The march of interesting characters in Jesus’ ancestral line continues. Uzziah was a great king until he presumed upon God’s holiness, entering the sanctuary where only the priests were allowed (2 Chron. 26). He was known thereafter by this epithet: “He was a leper.” ...
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Descent of the Messiah (part 2)

Descent of the Messiah (part 2)

December 19, 2018 2 min read

The ancestors of Jesus numbered many less-than-admirable characters. Matthew (the author) himself had a background of blatant dishonesty and self-indulgence. Formerly a turncoat, Matthew used his service of Roman tax collecting to extort his countrymen. His inclusion of those like Tamar and now Rahab reflects his great appreciation for the mercy and grace of God...
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Descent of the Messiah (part 1)

Descent of the Messiah (part 1)

December 18, 2018 2 min read

Thank you, Lord, that even though I am a sinner, You are not ashamed to associate with me and call me friend (John 15:14) and brother.
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Preparing for Messiah

Preparing for Messiah

December 17, 2018 2 min read

Fascination with the childhood of Jesus became rampant in the early centuries of the church. Much was written on the subject, most of which lacks authenticity.
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Joseph to the Rescue

Joseph to the Rescue

December 16, 2018 2 min read

The visit of the magi must have bewildered Joseph, the newly adoptive father of Jesus. We know little of his background other than that he was a skilled tradesman (3:55). The enormity of the events likely left him with a lack of perspective, an inherent insecurity, and indecision about the next course of action. Fortunately, God provided angelic guidance, warning him to get out of town, as it were, because Herod had set his sights on murdering the Child.
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Mary's Visit to Elizabeth and Return to Joseph

Mary's Visit to Elizabeth and Return to Joseph

December 16, 2018 5 min read

The passage of time, though precise in measurement, varies enormously in emotional experience. Time can “fly” or it can “drag.” Mary decides to make a quick trip to visit Elizabeth, the only other woman on earth who could understand what God was doing. It was a trip of eighty to a hundred miles by foot, which was the means of transportation for the poor. It would take the best part of a week for the journey—but joy makes time fly, and with joy she anticipates being with Elizabeth. About three months later Mary is going to make the return trip to home, to Nazareth, to Joseph. What a long trip that would be! Would Joseph believe her?
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