Words from the Heart for Monday December 26th, 2016
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 and of incense and of myrrh.
Matthew 2:11 (NIV)
From the very beginning, Jesus Christ has caused great people from all walks of life and from many backgrounds to worship Him. Pray for many more people to come and worship this King and give their lives as gifts to Him!
Some Anglicans, Congregationalists, and Quakers worshipped in Newfoundland in the seventeenth century, and the Anglican Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, St. John’s, Newfoundland, traces its history to 1699. A chaplain served the Anglican garrison at Annapolis Royal from 1710, which begins the Anglican presence in Nova Scotia. With the British decision to build up a town around the garrison at Halifax, the Anglican church of St. Paul’s was built there in 1749, the oldest Protestant church building in Canada still in use. Other Anglican, German Lutheran, and Presbyterian congregations followed. Baptists trace their origins to a religious revival led by Henry Alline between 1776 and 1783. Some say that the revival was an important reason why Nova Scotia decided not to join the American Revolution. The loyalist immigration after the American Revolution begins the first really substantial period of Protestantism in what is now Canada.
It’s Boxing Day. Christmas Day is behind us for another year. But the power of Jesus’ coming into our world goes on and on. Christmas is a day a year. Christ’s presence in us is forever. We have taken time to gather with others to celebrate Christmas, in churches and in homes across Canada and around the world. For some, that is the last time they will take time to worship Jesus for a long time – maybe even until next Christmas. But for those of us who love Him and have received Him as our Saviour, the worship just goes on and on. It took the Magi about two years to reach the place where the toddler Jesus was living with Mary and Joseph. And when they arrived at the house where the family was living, the first thing they did was to worship. Matthew 2:11 tells us “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 and of incense and of myrrh.” These wise men had come a great distance to worship Him. They were a sign that this child was to be the Saviour not just of the Jewish people but of people in every nation, tribal group and language. They could not have imagined that some 2000 years later, that has come to pass. Have you worshipped Him today?
These have been words from the heart.