- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On December 19, 2017
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They came from the East. They were called wise men (the Magi). They could have been kings or of noble rank. Whatever the case, they were able to make the long journey to Jerusalem to see the king that had just been born.
They had seen his star in the East, they said, and had come to worship Him. After an unfruitful visit to King Herod, they commenced their search and the star that had led them to Israel appeared again till it stood over the stable where the child was lying in a manger.
You know the rest of the story or you can read it up in Matthew 2:1-11. But how does it relate to you and me? There are things we are searching for: precious things, wonderful things, things that may be rare and costly, even things that may have been declared impossible to find. It may be a stable and closer walk with God, peace at home, the salvation of a loved one, a faithful spouse, the fruit of the womb, healing, financial breakthrough or success in our career.
Some of us have travelled far and wide in search of these things and some of the places we had hoped to get help failed us like Herod did the Magi. We have committed resources and effort but we haven’t seen the results we hoped for. But I want us to be encouraged by the following prophecy about Jesus from which he read to the Jews in a synagogue on one occasion (Luke 4:16-19). Note that in verse 21, He told them that thise scriptures had been fulfilled in Him.
“1. The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” – Isaiah 61:1-3
There is nothing we need that is not covered in the mission statement of Jesus stated above. Finding him is finding hope, relief and grace. On the strength of this, I just want to pray a simple prayer of faith for you and I:
As the star led the Magi to see Jesus, God’s greatest gift to humanity, so may the Holy Spirit lead us this Christmas and in the coming year to encounter our dearest blessings. May we have cause to rejoice as the wise men did and say, “The LORD has done it. Faithful is His name.” Amen in Jesus’ name.Here is a heartfelt #prayer for you and I based on the story of the #Magi in the #Bible. #Christmas Click To Tweet
Related scriptures to uplift you:
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” – Psalm 84:11
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” – Romans 8:32
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“19. But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. 20. Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” – Psalm 66:19-20
“21. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me …. 23. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.” – Psalm 118:21 & 23This post is a #prayer and #Bible verses to encourage us in this #Christmas season. Click To Tweet
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
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