“So it was, when the angels had gone away from

  them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another,

   Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass,

which the Lord has made known unto us”. Luke 1:15 (NKJV) 


                 “. . . behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,

                  saying, Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?

                  For we have seen His star in the East and have come

                  to worship Him.” Matt. 2:1b, 2 (NKJV) 

     Did you notice? The shepherds did not say, “Let us go now and see if this is come to pass.” No doubt they had heard the the Messianic scriptures from Isaiah many read times by the Priests in the temple. They believed the angels message implicitly. 

     The wise men we read about in Matthew were undoubtedly very familiar with the Messianic stories they had heard from the Hebrews (actually Juda), who were in Babylonian exile 70 years.  They had heard the moans and saw the tears of the Jewish people as they longed for their Messiah and yearned for their freedom. The wise men came believing the Messianic stories, prepared to give the New King gifts. See vs. 11. 

     If only the modern world could throw away it's doubt, it's skepticism, it's unbelief in the presence of the Christmas story! 

     The peace, the love, the joy of Christmas, can be taken into the human heart only by faith. We can talk about the Baby in the manger, we can sing our Christmas carols, we can thoroughly enjoy the many Christmas television specials, we can join in the gaiety of the season, but if we have not accepted the Child of Bethlehem by faith, we have missed the heart and core of Christmas. Well has the poet said: 

                       “Though Christ a thousand times in Bethlehem is born,

                          If He’s not born in thee, then thou are still forlorn.”           

                                                                           (author unknown) 

     Faith is the hand that reaches out across the years and brings the Savior with His blessings — the blessings of love, of tender mercy, and above all, divine forgiveness — into our hearts and homes. These are the lasting blessings of Christmas. Let us, therefore reach out with the hand of faith and grasp the Infant hand of our divine Redeemer, inviting him tenderly: 

          "Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child, make thee a bed, soft, undefiled,

          within my heart that it may be a quiet chamber kept for thee!"

                                                                   (author unknown) 

     Everyone, even the self-proclaimed athiest, has faith in something. Vulgar had faith in his philosophical mind to out-smart and out live the effectiveness of God's Holy Word, by declaring, "I will live to see the day that the Bible will be found only in museums". Today Vulgar's home is a Museum of old Bibles! God is not be mocked! Galations 6:7. 

     Only a vibrant faith in Jehovah Jirah God will see us through this life and into eternity in the presence of God and into the arms of Jesus.


       Just a Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don. 



                                                                                                           Updated Dec 29, 2011

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