26, December 2013

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Wise Men Still Seek Him (4)

‘Search the Scriptures, for…these are they which testify of Me.’ John 5:39 NKJV

The birth of Jesus divides history into two parts: B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (after Christ). History is – His story! Let’s observe where else the wise men didn’t find Christ: the church. Amazing, isn’t it? Teachers and theologians pored over their dusty parchments as they had done for generations. They taught their congregations the Messiah was coming, but they failed to recognise or acknowledge Him when He arrived. Yet the Old Testament Scriptures they read were filled with it. They described His ancestry: God told Abraham, ‘…All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.’ (Genesis 28:14 NIV) They identified the tribe from which He would be born: ‘The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh [the Prince of Peace] come; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.’ (Genesis 49:10 NKJV) They described His family of origin: ‘A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse [father of David]; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him…’ (Isaiah 11:1-2 NIV) They foretold His virgin birth: ‘…The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call Him Immanuel [which means God with us].’ (Isaiah 7:14 NIV) The prophet Daniel actually declared the time of His birth (Daniel 9:25). And this God of precision and forethought has a plan for your life too – the only plan that can satisfy and bring you happiness. And the good news is: He comes by invitation. So invite Him into your life today.

 

SoulFood: Job 29-31, Luke 2:8-20, Ps 117, Ecc 10:15-19

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2013

26, December 2013

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