Devo for Dec. 24

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    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

    Mary and Joseph stayed in Bethlehem many months after the birth of Jesus, yet we know nothing about that time. How was Mary treating her baby, knowing she would have to submit to him as her Lord? How much attention were they getting from the townspeople? What were they telling people, if anything? We simply don’t know. But we do know that one day some travelers from the east—maybe from Persia or Mesopotamia (the regions of modern day Iran or Iraq)—suddenly showed up in Bethlehem, claiming to have been guided to a new king by a star.

    The word Magi refers to people who belonged to a priestly caste that focused on special knowledge, interpretation of dreams, and astrology. Despite popular depictions, they were not kings. We don’t know their names, and we don’t know for certain that there were three of them. (That is a tradition inferred from the fact that they bore three gifts: gold, incense, and myrrh.) There may have been two; there may have been twelve.

    But what we do know of them is startling. They saw a sign. They were motivated. They traveled. No wonder they are sometimes called “wise men.” They were not merely astrologers. They were worshipers. Jerusalem was their first stop where they inquired about a new king (which is a sure way to set off an alarm for the existing king); but then they found Bethlehem. They delivered their valuable gifts and they bowed in worship. If people in Bethlehem weren’t paying much attention in the months following the birth of Jesus, they surely were now.

    Though foreign to this land, Jesus was of keen interest to them. These stories remind us that we can often overlook the miracles taking place in our own neighborhoods. If we aren’t careful, the celebration of Christmas can become so familiar to us that we let it come and go without taking time to truly contemplate the miracles and blessings we celebrate each season. Men from the Far East went out of their way to find Christ and set treasures before him. Would it take strangers to remind us of the blessings in our midst too?

    One of the best things we can do in this retail-obsessed Christmas season is bring the gift of worship to him.

    Prayer for today:

    Lord, I know that what you want me to give you is my life. Help me with my motivation, with my willingness to go the distance. Show me what gifts I can bring you.



    bringin' em back ~ to the Dodge Mahal !!....

    Where old Magnums can find a home.. :angel:




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