Words from the Heart for Friday December 6th, 2017
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2 (NIRV)
The star guiding the wise men to where Jesus was born is another miracle in the story of the Christ Child. It is amazing that these men travelled from so far, believing a King had been born. They brought gifts to the Child-King.
“While Canada was birthed on July 1, 1867, it would take many decades for our nation to become fully independent from our ties to Great Britain. Unlike the United States, who gained their independence through the crisis of revolution, Canada’s autonomy came in baby steps. World War I played a big part in the process, with Canada’s military coming into its own. But prior to the war, the wisest of our leaders were already beginning to debate the subject of increasing autonomy by what was known, at the time, as “Self-governing Dominions.” Member of Parliament C.H. Cahan wrote in 1911: “Any form of Imperial Unity that implies Colonial dependence and subordination, Colonial subservience and servility, is hateful to most Canadians. Canadians cannot long permit their external relations to be controlled by the Government of the United Kingdom.”
It’s amazing how quickly the Christmas season seems to come and go. Christmas already seems so long ago. But on the Church calendar, yesterday was the 12th day of Christmas, and today is Epiphany, the day traditionally set aside to remember the arrival of the Magi from the East. In reality, it probably was a couple of years from the time of Jesus’ birth until the arrival of these Wise Men. But we celebrate it today. Matthew 2:1-2 records it this way: “Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.” The last phrase in this text is vital. “We have come to worship him.” These were not Jews, but Gentiles. In fact, it is most likely they were Zoroastrian priests, which meant they were monotheists. They directed their worship to their god alone. For them to come and worship Jesus has profound implications. The Spirit of God had revealed to them that this One whom they came to find and whom they worshipped was the unique God of the universe, Immanuel, God with them. And they brought symbols of His life to offer in worship. Take time to worship Jesus today as well.
These have been words from the heart.