Greetings in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
This is a season for jolly. We all celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who was born on Christmas day about two thousand years ago. While the parents were in Bethlehem from the long journey from Nazareth which is about 80 miles apart, the time came for the baby to be born. The mother gave birth to a son, and wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger (where animals were), because there was no guest room available for them.
Shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
The lowly shepherds who had to watch over sheep at night met the great company of angels, because God’s favor rests on the lowly shepherds. They were terrified, but they were told “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)
The shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they have seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told about this child. (Luke 2:16-17) All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. (Luke 2:18) The good news was spoken to each other, and many people amazed because the Israelites waited the Savior a long time.
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 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.” (Matthew 2:1-2)
From the east, three Magi (i.e., three wise men) came to see the king of the Jews, and to worship Jesus Christ. They had a long journey following the star to see Him. Upon the question of where the Messiah was to be born, all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law replied, “In Bethlehem in Judea.” (Matthew 2:5) They continued following the star, and saw the child with his month Mary. They were overjoyed. They bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Matthews 2:10-11) Yes. God’s favor rested on the Magi. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Matthews 2:12)
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. (Matthew 2:3)
King Herod, who was the king of the Judea at that time, was greatly disturbed when Magi were looking for king of the Jews. He plotted to eliminate the new born baby, the Savior, but the Magi were warned in a dream, they did not go back to Herod, although Herod told to them, “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.” (Matthew 2: 8) Herod’s plan was not materialized. After he realized that he was fooled, he killed all boy babies in Bethlehem, but God sent away Jesus and his parents to be saved from Herod.
Jesus Christ, the Savior, was waited for more than 700 years by the Jews. However, when Jesus was born, only came the shepherds and the Magi to worship Him, neither Herod, the people’s chief priests nor teachers of the law, although they knew exactly where the Savior would be born. Instead, there were disturbed.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
God’s favor rests on the poor in spirit. Jesus says “ Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20) One who is poor in spirit will surely hear the voice of Jesus Christ, and opens the door. Then Jesus will come in and eat with the person, and the person will be with Jesus. This relationship is not temporary, but eternal. One who accepts Jesus Christ owns the kingdom of heaven.
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. (John 3:16)
Praise God, who sent His begotten only son to us to save us from our sins! He is full of love, mercy and grace. Those how are humble and poor in heart will accept Jesus in their heart, and they will own the kingdom of heaven. God’s favor rests on those who are humble. Praise the Lord! His name will be glorified forever and ever.
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