December 23: One Star Lit for Them

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Matthew 2:1-12

One of the Magi moved forward and produced a purse of gold, laying it at the child’s feet. Another came with a flask of myrrh, then another with a box of frankincense.  Unaware that they were funding a hasty trip to Egypt necessitated by Herod’s paranoia, they gave these gifts for no other reason than to honor the one born King of the Jews.

dec 23He wasn’t even their king.  Israel’s God was not their people’s God.  And yet, they had come because the thought of a God of mercy with healing in his wings awakened in them a desire to be close to the One through whom that healing would flow.  They followed the star, and after countless miles of sojourn, they found the king.

Since the fall of man, God’s promise to redeem and restore has permeated the air and found its way into the lyrics of kings and criminals.  It has been anthem of the helpless, blind, lame, and guilt-ridden—a song of hope in the night, rolling in from some distant country with the trace of a melody known by heart.

…Then all at once, as with the fall of a curtain, the night fell silent, and the audience went back to their homes.  Bethlehem went back to being ordinary town it had been for as long as anyone could remember.

But the world would never be the same.

Excerpt taken from Behold, the Lamb of God by Russ Ramsey. (Pg. 164-165)

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