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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Thoughtful Thursday: The Light of Christmas

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea 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.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor,  that shall rule my people Israel.     Matthew 2:1-6

Although the wise men were following the light of a star, the Bible was their true guide, for it was an Old Testament prophecy that predicted where Christ would be born.  Micah 5:2 gives us this Old Testament prophecy: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.  Just as the Bible guided the wise men to Jesus so many years ago, the Bible will light our path today.  Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feed, and a light unto my path.”
The wise men recognized who Jesus Christ was, and they allowed His light to guide their paths.  Sadly, Herod’s heart was darkened to the Messiah, and he rejected Christ.  When the wise men sought the Savior they recognized Him as the King of kings and desired to bring Him honor and worship.
As you go about your day, remember Jesus Christ.  He is waiting to guide you into His pathway of light this Christmas.  Wise men still seek Him!

Used with permission from  "a daily WORD" by Paul Chappell.

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