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Micah 5:2 ” But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me one who will be Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

This prophecy of the coming Messiah was quoted 700 years later by the Chief Priests and Scribes when King Herod asked where the Christ was to be born.  In John 7: 25-44 we see Jesus at the Feast of the Tabernacles proclaiming that He was indeed the Messiah,  only to see the skeptics  quoting this Scripture again…but then mistakenly assuming He had been born in His home town of Galilee rather than Bethlehem.  But God never makes mistakes…His timing is always perfect…His promises always fulfilled.  This long-awaited Savior of the world had indeed been born in Bethlehem for us all.

Luke 2:8-11 ” And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.’ “

Why did God choose to proclaim the coming Messiah to the shepherds?  They were far from the politically elite…and at the other end of the spectrum from the powerful religious circle.  So what did God see in that rag-tag group of blue-collar workers in that field outside of Bethlehem to warrant such a grand and glorious display to announce the coming of His Son?  In a word, He saw us.  He didn’t wish to address the political or religious bigwigs…He chose rather to tell the working class…people like you and me the good news of Jesus Christ.  And this holds true today…the Lord Jesus Christ has come for you and me… common, ordinary people who need a Savior.

Isaiah 28:16 ” So this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’ “

This Messianic prophecy of Isaiah’s pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ.  It correlates with the verse in Psalm 118:22 which  says, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.”  Jesus is the only firm foundation on which anyone can build their life.  He is the chief cornerstone of our faith and trust…for only through  Him do we have the forgiveness of sins and hope of eternal life.

John 3:26 ” They came to John and said to him, ‘Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan – the one you testified about – well, He is baptizing and everyone is going to Him. ‘ “

John the Baptist had been very plain to his followers that he was not the Messiah, but rather sent ahead to proclaim His coming.  But his followers could only see Jesus as competition.  As the Ministry of Jesus was just starting up…the Ministry of John the Baptist’s was winding down…and John was content with this, but not his followers.  For jealousy had  reared its ugly head as they watched their crowds dwindle, and the crowds around Jesus grow larger. I’ll be the first to admit there’s been times when I’ve seen the awesome  move of God in a person and a twinge of jealousy will resonate deep inside.  “Why can’t  that be me, Lord?” I whine pathetically .  John the Baptist knew the plan and purpose of his life so  he didn’t have to  view Jesus as a rival, but rather rejoiced with Him in God’s work being accomplished.  The Lord’s work shouldn’t be a contest, where all of us are jockeying for attention and resentful when someone else is used by Him.  Rather than being jealous, we should be rejoicing for each other.

John 6: 67-69 ” ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.’ “

Other followers had turned away, but the Twelve Disciples knew something they didn’t.  They had the certainty  and  assurance only given to them by the Father above.  And this  faith that Jesus was truly the Messiah was evident in Peter’s response…”Who else can we follow, for only You have the Words of Life…only You are the long awaited Messiah.”

Matthew 2:11 ” 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 and of incense and of myrrh.”

The Magi came seeking the Messiah, and bringing with them, gifts…but very special gifts.  These gifts were expensive luxuries of the day…fit for royal presents.  But beyond that, they were also very symbolic in their meanings.   The burning of frankincense symbolized prayers rising to heaven like the fragrant  smoke it gave off… the prayers of Jesus interceding for us at the right hand of the Father.  The myrrh was used for burials and symbolized death…Jesus’s death on the Cross for us.  Finally, the gold was given to symbolize His royal status…and also for the very practical reason –  His parents would soon need finances as they escaped to Egypt to flee from King Herod.

Luke 2:14 ” Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests.”

The angels were heralding the coming of Messiah to all mankind.  They were announcing to everyone that harmony and prosperity has always been God’s benevolent plan for the world.  And even today, the Lord’s purpose and motive for the earth remains  good and righteous.