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Advent Daily Devotional: December 25

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December 25 by Bob Rutherford

Reading: Matthew 2:10-11

Christmas in the Rutherford household has always been special. As a family we love getting together.

It is a time of enjoying each other.

As we share gifts we always show what our gifts are and we express our love and thankfulness to the giver of the gift.

We have great food every year. Linda is excellent in preparing our home and food for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Most importantly we celebrate Jesus our Wonderful Savior.

I remember when Cathy and Jon were young, they always had a sense of excitement at Christmas.

Our grandchildren, Annie, Emma, and Katelyn exhibit that same excitement now. Christmas for me has always brought a sense of wonder and joy. It fascinated me as a child and still does today to think of the birth of Christ, Mary & Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, and the star that guided them. 

Matthew in his Gospel records these happenings.

Matthew 2:2 talks of His star.  There are billions of stars in the universe, what is so unique about this star?

It signaled the birth of Christ to the wise men. Matthew 2:2

It appeared, disappeared, then reappeared once the wise men arrived in Jerusalem guiding them to where Jesus was. Matthew 2:10 This star then disappeared never to be seen again.

This signals a supernatural work of God. The sovereign God uses even the elements of nature to carry out His purposes.

Second, I think of the response of the wise men. It was two fold. 

When they came to the house where Jesus was and saw Him they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. 

This should be the response of every human being!  Sadly it is not. What is your response to the Lord Jesus?

The other reaction of the wise men was to give Him gifts. These gifts had profound meaning. Gold is the gift for a king. Frankincense is symbolic of prayer. Myrrh was used to embalm the bodies of the dead. The gift of myrrh was a symbol of suffering.

These gifts give indication that the wise men recognized Jesus as their King, God, and Savior. 

Third, the verses reveal the genuineness of the wise men's worship and commitment to Christ. 

Their worship is seen as real in that they humbled themselves before Him and gave of themselves to Him.

May each of us respond to Jesus in the same way recognizing He alone is our King, God, and Savior.

Merry Christmas!

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