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Christmas Through the Eyes of the Magi (3 of 3)
Series: Christmas Through Their Eyes
These past few weeks, we've been saying that it's hard to look at Christmas with fresh eyes, because our brains have built up so many associations around Christmas. And that's even true for this period after Christmas. We think of the dreariness of returning gifts, and other things like time off of school; time off of work; making New Year's plans; etc. And this morning I want to try to clear all of that away, rewind the clock 2,000 years, and ask this simple question: Now that Jesus has come, how does that affect the way I look at the future? Now that Jesus has come, how does that affect the way I look at the future?
So two weeks ago we looked at Christmas through the eyes of Mary; last week we looked at it through Joseph's eyes; today we're going to put ourselves in the shoes of the wise men, otherwise known as the Magi.
So-let's look at Matthew 2, beginning in verse 1:
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 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.''
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 ''In Bethlehem in Judea,'' they replied, ''for this is what the prophet has written:
6 '''But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.'''
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ''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.''
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