GCM-Glory of Christmas (MP3 CD)
Matthew 1 and 2
The greatest invasion of all time was not
There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, 250 in the New Testament and 89 in the Four Gospels. Of all those chapters in God's Word there are four that detail the Birth of Jesus. There are four chapters of The New Testament that describe this night. They are Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2. From these chapters comes an intriguing and very powerful cast of characters. If all seventeen were listed they would be:
From this cast, let's draw out a few of them. Through their response to the Birth of Christ we can learn and follow. Don’t miss out on the blessings and wonders of the 1st Christmas. You won’t if you learn from these.
So which ones were looking for Jesus? Let’s just zero in on a few of these folks and try to heed what God is trying to tell us. Okay? Who were they? Well, Matthew lists a cast of 6 (turn to Mt. 1-2).
On the first Christmas when God invaded the time space prison of earth, there were many different people who were around. Those who were looking for Him, found Him and that day the greatest in their lives, the other who were not looking for Him, and missed the greatest opportunity in their lives.
How about it? Are you looking for Jesus this Christmas? Or is this Christmas flying by so fast you will miss what God is offering you? Everyone who was looking for Jesus to come enjoyed His arrival. As we examine their lives we can often see ourselves. Who are you like?
Let pause and read the story again Matthew 1:18-2:12
Joseph: Faithful and Following Second Fiddle (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13,19)
Chapter 2 contrasts three characters: the Magi, Herod, and the religious leaders.
The INSISTENT Magi: God can use the rich and powerful (Mt. 2:1,7,16)
BOW TO HIM: Personally Worship Him (they came, bowed and worshiped Him).
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