The Message (MSG)
9-10Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
The Message (MSG)
15-18As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
When i look at these two pasages i see two important Responses. Happynes & Urgency! Let’s look at happyness. The Wise Men travled so far “as the song goes”, to get to Jesus. Can you imagin studying all your life for this one oppertunity to meet Jesus. There is much truth given to them by their name “Wise Men” because they were. For these men to follow the stars ment that they had to know about the stars enough to know which one was going to be their guide, what to look for when it appeared, and know what they were going to need for this journey. They were ready to follow. Coming to the town of Bethlehem the star disappaers when they meet up with the king. After the king sends them off it appears again. Here is the response; the Mesage version states “They could hardly contain themselves”. The NIV states; “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed”. The Wise Men responded in Happness! Now the Sheepherders I believe were Baptist because they had a meeting. I’m just kidding. The NIV states “After hearing the news of this, they said to one another, “Let us Go”. This was the Urgency, the importantance of going. Now when I say Let us go to where ever it is, i’m motivated to go where that is. Now the sheepheards were the same. They were excited of this news and wanted to go.
Now for us I believe this is how we should respond to Christmas. With happyness and urgancy. Happyness because “God sent His Son for us”, to die for our sins and make a way for you and I to enter Heaven and live with him. And with the same Happyness and Urgency tell others the Good News of Jesus’ birth, His death, and that He has risen and lives today.
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son Jesus to earth to take my place. Help me see the example of the Wise Men and the Sheepheards in their exceedingly great joy, and urgancy to know God and to tell others about Him. Help me respond to this Christmas in this most positive way. So that others can experiency the same joy I have in You.