How do you re­spond to Je­sus’ birth?

Westside Eagle-Observer - - OPINION - [De­vo­tion by Randy Moll. Scrip­ture quo­ta­tions are from the King James Ver­sion of the Bi­ble.]

“Now when Je­sus was born in Beth­le­hem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, be­hold there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, say­ing, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to wor­ship Him….” Matthew 2:1-2 (read verses 1-23)

Once again, through the re­count­ing of the Scrip­tures, we have heard of the birth of the Christ Child in Beth­le­hem of Judea. God the Son was made a true man, born of a vir­gin, and laid in a manger. An an­gel told the shep­herds in the field nearby that this Child was none other than the Sav­ior of the world, the Mes­siah and Je­ho­vah God Him­self!

Wise men (the Bi­ble doesn’t tell us their names or how many) from a land or lands east of Judea learned of the Mes­siah’s birth through the ap­pear­ance of a star (cf. Num­bers 24:17; Isa­iah 60:1ff.) and trav­eled a great dis­tance to come and wor­ship this new­born King and bring Him costly gifts.

When they ar­rived in Jerusalem, King Herod was trou­bled at their quest and in­quired of the chief priests and scribes where the Mes­siah was to be born. They rightly un­der­stood the Scrip­tures and quoted from Micah 5:2, point­ing out that Beth­le­hem was to be the place of Mes­siah’s birth.

But what hap­pened af­ter this? The wise men con­tin­ued on their jour­ney and were led by the star to Beth­le­hem and to the very house where Je­sus was. There they wor­shiped Je­sus and of­fered Him gifts.

Herod the king felt threat­ened by the birth of the Mes­siah and sought to kill Him and pre­vent Him from reign­ing upon the throne of David.

The chief priests and scribes knew the Scrip­tures and could tell Herod where the Mes­siah was to be born, but nowhere do we ever hear of their trav­el­ing to Beth­le­hem to wor­ship their new­born Sav­ior and King.

The ques­tion to­day is: “What about you?” You have heard of His birth and know of His suf­fer­ings and death for your sins (and the sins of the world) and of His glo­ri­ous res­ur­rec­tion. You have heard God’s of­fer of mercy and for­give­ness to all who re­pent and look to Je­sus for par­don and life eter­nal. How do you re­spond?

• Do you re­ject Je­sus and try to si­lence those who would speak to you of Him be­cause Je­sus is a threat to you and your way of life? Cf. John 3:19-20.

• Do you know all the facts about Je­sus and His re­demp­tive work but still fail to come and bow be­fore Him and give Him your praise and wor­ship?

• Or, like the wise men of old, do you fol­low the star (seek­ing the guid­ance of Holy Scrip­ture) to find Mes­siah Je­sus and wor­ship your God and Sav­ior, pre­sent­ing Him with the costli­est of gifts – even your very selves?

O dear­est Je­sus, You are the Almighty God and our Maker. We thank You for tak­ing on flesh and blood and com­ing into this world to re­deem us from sin and death. We praise You and give to you our trea­sures and our lives. Amen.

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