Merry Christmas! Matthew 2:9-11

MERRY CHRISTMAS as we celebrate the birth of the Savior!

” 9 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. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”

I wonder how the world would react today to an event like what happened ~2000 years ago.

Would scholars trek to see the miracle, to see the Savior of the world? Probably not – it’s just another male (which wouldn’t be inclusive) so they’d show their tolerance by blasting the thought of a savior and would campaign against Him. In the process they’d miss two big points – that Christ is the savior for everyone and the second is obvious – they aren’t being tolerant. Wait, that is what’s happening today! Silly me.

Would religious and world leaders fear the announcement of the birth of a child? How about a governor? I doubt it. It might make the news for a night – “and tonight we have people reporting that in in the town of Backwater a savior had been born. (comical pause) Jim, how’s our weather looking?” Can we even accept that miracles happen and that God exists, that he is real, that he sent a savior? Would we be so concerned that we’d murder every male under the age of 2 in order to attempt to extinguish the King of Israel? It happened though.

Would we follow the star?

Today we celebrate the birth of our savior. He’s the Savior for all of us – believer and non-believer; every people – black, white, olive, brown, peach, whatever color skin; every nation; every sinner. As the wrapping is flying, as patience wears thin, as messes are cleaned up, food consumed, and the “now” is intense, consider for a few moments the real reason for the season.

“Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease”
O Holy Night, written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure

That’s the reason to celebrate today and every day! Long live The King!

The carol O Holy Night

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

One thought on “Merry Christmas! Matthew 2:9-11

  1. Looooooove this!!!! So so true. But you know? Not everywhere is about political correctness. In Germany they have signs that say “Merry Christmas” on buildings (not dang happy holidays) and in France they had a whole manger scene in the town square! So that’s cool.

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