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Five days before Christmas

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:1‭-‬2 NKJV

The Bible clearly states the wise men came after the birth of Christ, so they were not at the Nativity.

However, the star, “His star”, was in the sky proclaiming His arrival.

When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9‭-‬11 NKJV

The birth of Christ Jesus was a well announced event.

First, an angel, proclaimed to Mary and Joseph, an angel spoke to the shepherds and then a choir of angels sang.

Second, those same shepherds share the good news all over.

Third, His star proclaims His birth and it doesn’t show up just once, but leads these wise men who travel first to the palace of King Herod.

Then, they continue on their journey to Bethlehem.

The Bible doesn’t say exactly where they came from, only the direction, but we know these men went out of their way to travel to see the King of the Jews.

Why did they travel so far?

saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:2 NKJV

They came to worship.

Part of that worship including bring gifts.

With only five days before Christmas let us not miss this important piece of the birth of Christ.

We too should worship.

We too should give gifts, but not to only to our friends and family.

Our hearts should be open to giving to God.

The best gift we can give is our sincere and complete love and devotion.

Although the Bible doesn’t tell us more about these wise men, I feel comfortably certain their lives were never the same after meeting Jesus.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for coming as a babe and growing into the Son of man Who would save us from our sins. Lord, everything about Your birth is astounding. May we never grow so familiar with the story that we lose our sense of wonder and our appreciation for Your sacrifice. Lord Jesus, I again give You myself and humbly request You do as You see fit. For there is no greater joy than to serve You daily. Thank You so much for salvation. Amen.

Five days till Christmas

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4b NKJV

The rod is throughout Scripture.

It can be seen in the hand of Aaron being used as the instrument of God before the Egyptians. (Exo. 7:19-20, 8:5, 8:16-17.)

Later when there was a dispute about who God had chosen to be the priest, Aaron’s rod was the sign. (Num. 17:8.)

God commanded Moses to do a variety of things with his rod. From frogs and lice to winning a battle, Moses and his rod were used to show God’s will.

How fitting that Moses also was the man God gave the Ten Commandments to as well as the Torah.

The rod continues through Scripture as either a symbol of authority and rulership or of correction. (Psa 110:2, 89:32, Pro 13:24, 22:15, 1Cor 4:21)

God even used a rod as part of the prophecy concerning the Messiah.

Isaiah 11:1 NKJV — There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.

Scripture is clear, Jesus was given His authority from God the Father. (John 5:26-27, 12:49)

He came to save (John 3:16-17), but He will one day rule the a rod of iron. (Rev. 2:27, Psa. 2:6-12)

Where is comfort in correction?

How can one find true freedom if being ruled by another?

Because true freedom isn’t being able to do whatever each person thinks is best, it’s being free from evil, sin, and death.

Romans 8:2 NKJV — For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.

Being ruled by Jesus is being led by the One Who truly understands what is best for every individual.

With the reminder that the Wise Men were not at the Nativity, but came later we are going to add them to our picture today. (Matt. 2:11)

The reason for adding the kings is a picture of how all kings are underneath the King of Kings.

They were kings, and they understood the child born, whose Star they followed, was King of the Jews. (Matthew 2:1-12)

Through the Scriptures we can see clearly, Jesus is the King of Kings. (Rev. 17:14)

1 Timothy 6:15 NKJV — which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

Rev. 19:16 NKJV — And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

He is the only One who can rule and reign in complete righteousness, causing all those who submit to His salvation to rejoice in eternal life.

And with this understanding, we can look on the babe in the manger and truly see how His rod can comfort us.