Sunday, December 19, 2010

4th Sunday of Advent - December 19, 2010

Matthew 2:1-12 (New International Version, ©2010)

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

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. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Today marks the lighting of the 4th advent candle, along with the other three. It signifies LOVE, to go along with HOPE, PEACE, and JOY. God's LOVE is extended to all of HIs creation, but especially to us. He has given us the gift of His Son, as our King, our High Priest, and our Savior.

The magi brought gifts to fortell and signify the purpose of God's gift. The Gold represents his royalty as our divine King and Lord. The Frankenscense signifies his duty as our Priest before the throne of God. And Myrrh that fortells his sacrifice as our Savior through his death on the cross. These gifts are used to recognize Christ's true purpose for all mankind.

As you contemplate these days just before celebrating his birth, take time to meditate of these purposes of Jesus, and God's will for your life as you serve our King, Priest and Savior.

John 3:16-17 (New International Version, ©2010)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Follow me on my Advent journey as I travel the path that God has prepared for us back to Himself. Follow the path of "the coming" of our Lord and Savior Jesus.

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