25 December 2019 -Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV)

25 December 2019 -Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV)

Scripture

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Reflection

Merry Christmas!

What an amazing journey the Magi from the east went through to meet Jesus, in a time where few would know who He was and what He came to do, yet, through revelation they came to worship Him.

Although so many centuries have passed and we have the advance of technology and communication globally, there are still people who don’t know who Jesus is and what He came to do. According to Joshua Project (https://joshuaproject.net/), at least 41.9% of the people groups in the world haven’t been reached yet.

But we might not need to go too far to realize that there are people who still need to hear the Good News of the Gospel. Today, let us remember the hope we have in Jesus Christ, and how by grace we have been saved, through faith.

Who else needs to hear the Good News today?

“The Gospel is ‘Good News’, not ‘Good History’, because when it’s preached, it happens.”

— Reinhard Bonnke

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for the persecuted Church, our brothers and sisters across the world who are made to suffer because they are Christian.

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Su Tsai, Community Life Director
Su Tsai is the Community Life Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and is a graduate of Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has been on staff since 2006 as the Youth Director and the Community Life Director since 2012.