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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Angels, Shepherds, and Wise Men

In the Bible, as we read of the birth of Jesus, it is interesting to read about the rejoicing that was done by others.  Today lets look at three of those groups:  angels, shepherds, and wise men.  Although the gospel of Luke tells a more complete story of the birth, it doesn't mention the wise men (or magi).  Matthew tells more about their part in looking for Jesus.

While the shepherds were in the fields, angels appeared to them, telling them that the Savior had been born.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,  “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:13-14

When the shepherds heard the news, they rushed to see Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
Luke 2:15-16

The wise men (or magi) didn't go to the stable and see baby Jesus in the manger, but they followed the star that appeared after his birth.  When they arrived at the house, they worshipped and presented gifts to Jesus.

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11

Word spread quickly that the Savior had been born after Jesus' birth.  Many heard and were glad.  Many worshipped Him.  Some heard soon and some heard later...but they heard.  They believed.  They worshipped.  Of course, some didn't. 

Some are still looking for Him.  Some are still searching for the One who can save them and help them.

What are you doing with Jesus?

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