Dec 31, 2017

Devotion - 31 December - Our Gifts for the King

A brief prayer is offered that you can add to your daily prayers this week. Today we added Magi to our Nativity Scene. The scripture is from our Sunday Service Bulletin.
Gospel Reading:  Matthew 2:1-12 ESV
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
 Devotion: Our Gifts for the King
Imagine all the cosmic alignment that caused a star to be able to lead the wise men to the Babe in the manger. Imagine all the births and deaths of Adam and Eve’s descendants that caused the King of Kings to arrive aligned with that cosmic event. Imagine how much of a miracle is involved with this Virgin birth. Is there any question that our great God is in control of the universe? Through Him all things are possible. May God continue to bless you in this Christmas season!

We pray: “Lord, thank you for the blessing of Christmas.  Amen”