by John Barnett

God in a Manger
John Barnett
Matthew 2:1-11

John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word was with God,
And the Word was God;

John 1:14
And the Word Became flesh and dwelt among us.

Christmas Night: When
God Came to Earth

Christmas Eve Communion a time to stop and rest in the blur of the holidays.

Today in the quietness, with hearts gathered to worship, we lift our grateful hearts to the God become man, the Baby born to die, and the Savior who came to become sin for us.

Christmas Eve is our time like those who first witnessed His birth: to also bow in utter unworthiness at His feet, and pour out our treasures before Him.

Matthew's Story of
The Wisemen

Shortly after the birth of the Messiah, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem and inquired of king Herod where the real king of the Jews was to be born. The theologians of Herod's court knew the Scriptures well-In 'Bethlehem' they recited.

Ironically, though they knew the Scriptures, they did not believe them! They did not even bother to travel the five or six miles to Bethlehem to see their Messiah.

Herod believed the Scriptures! That is why he sent a corps of butchers to Bethlehem to slaughter innocent children. But he was too late. The magi had come and gone and Jesus was by now safe in Egypt.

The magi believed the Scriptures. They had traveled several hundred miles to worship this Babe. When they saw the child, they fell down and worshiped him.
And they gave him gifts--gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This was an unusual present-by any standards. The gold, of course, we all can understand-but the frankincense and myrrh were odd.

Now myrrh, like frankincense, was a perfume. But unlike frankincense, myrrh smelled of death. In the ancient world, it was used to embalm a corpse. Jesus himself would be embalmed with this very perfume (John 19:39).

Even at the birth of our Savior, the shadow of the cross is already falling over his face.

Their First Res ...

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