Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Star of Bethlehem

David Peterson (c) 2010
"Now after Jesus was aborn in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” (Matt 2:1-2) (NASB)

Have you thought much about the Star of Bethlehem that the magi followed. There has been a lot of conjecture concerning what the star was: a supernova, a conjunction of two planets (Jupiter and Venus), a miracle performed by our Heavenly Father. I don't believe that we will ever truly know the details of the star while we are here on earth, but someday, maybe, God will reveal this to us. To speculate and search for answers is never a bad idea but we should make sure we focus on the One to whom the star was pointing.

The creator of heaven and earth, the master of the universe, the Lord of lords and King of kings.  Isaiah called him Immanuel (Isa 7:14) and Matthew interpreted His name as "God with us" (Matt 1:23).  Jesus came to earth for a specific reason and that was to save us from our sins through His death and resurrection.

Have you thought much about the Son of God.  During this season we find ourselves busy with parties, presents, families and friends.  My wife and I have made a habit of reading the different accounts of the birth of Christ in the days leading up to Christmas in an attempt to remind ourselves and our children what we are truly celebrating.  How easily we could be distracted with all the other activities.  How quickly we forget our savior.  How often we need a reminder of the God that loves us.  My prayer this season is that we would all remember to praise and worship the God of the universe who was found in manger by wise men so long ago.

shālôm

Friday, December 17, 2010

More than the Birds!

A Morning Cardinal                                       David Peterson (C) 2010
Matt 6:26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?" (NASB) 

"Are you not worth much more than they?"  Expected answer: Yes.  Jesus speaking to the crowds during the Sermon on the Mount asked very simple questions to make very clear theological points.  We need not worry about our day to day needs.  If God will take care of the birds of the air, how much more will he take care of us.  In this passage Jesus was speaking of day to day needs, but we have an even bigger need.  A need for a savior.

If only those listening that day knew how much God was willing to pay to redeem them back to Himself.  In only a few short years our Heavenly Father would pay for the sins of the world with the death of His very own Son, Jesus Christ.  Am I worth more than a bird?  Are you worth more than a bird?  Beloved do not throw away the precious gift that the Heavenly Father has offered: eternal life.  Accept Jesus as Lord of your life, confess your sins to Him, follow Him, He loves you more than you can ever imagine or hope.

shālôm