As we enjoy many symbols of Christmas, remember to worship

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Matthew 2

1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Christmas is really busy time of the year.  From getting last minute gifts to finishing off work assignments so we can enjoy Christmas Eve and Christmas day without work hanging over our heads.  We run hither and yon making sure all plans are in place and all will work out for the family and friends we are sharing time with. We spend money freely because we love those whom we are spending for.  As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

Let’s go back 2000 years to the second set of visitors that came to see the baby King.  Yes, they came bearing gifts and maybe that is why we give gifts.  Yes, they came following a star which may be why we put stars up on Christmas trees and in our decorations.  Yes, they came to make peace with the new king which may be why we look at Christmas as a peaceful season.  The wise men from the East came looking for the promised King and found Him.

But the primary reason that they said they came was to worship the King.  They came from afar, they came bearing gifts, they came following a star and they came to worship.  As we enjoy other symbolisms from the Magi we must also take time to worship the King.  He is no longer in a manger, though we enjoy that picture and He is no longer in need of a mother, though we enjoy that picture.  He no longer needs a star to be found nor do we need to bring gifts to broker peace, He took care of that.

As you come to Christmas this year, take time to do what the Wise Men came to do, stop and worship the Lord Jesus Christ.  Worship Him in song, worship Him in giving gifts, worship Him in loving others, and worship Him in caring for someone else for His sake and in His name.  Find a needy family to care for.  Find a shut-in or a lonely person to sit and talk to.  Give time to speak to someone of Jesus Christ.  Worship the Savior with your life.

Our Christmas Eve service tomorrow night begins at 7:00 and lasts one hour.  It will be a blessed time of singing, reading and worshipping the Savior born and laid in the manger.  Make this worship service part of your Christmas tradition. 

Have a great day in the Lord,


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