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The King is Born! (2 of 3)
Series: Do You Hear What I Hear?
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Two young boys were spending the night a week before Christmas at their grandparents. Night time fell and they were praying at the foot of their bed. And the younger boy was praying, and he was praying so loudly at the top of his voice. And he said, "And, God, I want a bicycle. And, God, I want a new football. And, God, You know how much I want that new Play Station." And his brother hit him in the arm and said, "Why are you screaming? God's not deaf." He said, "No, but grandma is!"
We are in a Christmas series entitled, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" And we've been looking at the great announcements that come with Christmas with the birth of Jesus Christ, which we refer to, obviously, as Christmas.
Now, last week we saw the announcement of the angel. Perhaps it was Gabriel. The Bible doesn't say which angel it was. But the announcement was, "The Savior has come!" and how that changes all of life.
Well, today, we're going to look at the announcement of the Magi, the wise men, who came from the east. And they came with this announcement: "The King is born! We saw His star in the East. We've come to worship Him. Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?" The King is born! That's good news.
Now the announcement in Luke 2 of the angel to the shepherds, he said, "I bring you good news of a great joy, for unto you this day in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior who is Christ the Lord." Good news! Now here is good news, too, "The King of the Jews is born!" The Jews had been waiting and waiting for their promised Messiah, and now you have these wise men coming from hundreds of miles away in from the East, the Magi, which was a sect of priests. And they were basically, the Persian king makers. They were involved in government and in science and in medicine and in astronomy and in astrology. And they were very tied in to kings.
Daniel served in ...
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