26 December 2019 -Matthew 2:7-12 (NIV)

26 December 2019 -Matthew 2:7-12 (NIV)

Scripture

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Reflection

The signs that came before and after Jesus’ birth were undeniable. The Lord of all Creation put in the sky a star that would guide the Magi to the right destination. “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.” They would finally meet the Messiah!

The wise men brought gifts and worship Jesus for who He was. Similarly, as we recognize Jesus as our Lord and Savior, let us come into His Presence in pure and true worship, recognizing Him for who He is, and not in a transactional manner. All that we have – whether finances, time, our dreams and desires- should proclaim His Majesty over our lives as it belongs ultimately to Him.

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 these organizations who are helping people in need: Home Sweet Home, Renewal Center and Sonflowers.

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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.