Good morning dearly beloved and compliments of the Season in Jesus mighty Name. Today is Christmas eve - a day to the remembrance of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The celebration of Christmas is a very special moment for me - not because of the festivities but mainly because it has always been a special time for more discovery of the newness of our God and the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord.
The message this morning is from some of the stories around the birth of Jesus. My prayer is that your season of joy will never lead to sorrow.
Prov 10: 22... The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich and do not add any sorrow unto it. The birth/coming of Jesus unto the earth should be a thing of Joy. It should not lead to blood shedding and sorrow and wastage of the lives of unaccountable numbers of children. This was exactly what happened. Could this be the design of God? I don't think so.
Matt 2: 16 'Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth and send forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in the coasts thereof, from two years under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
The question to ponder on - should the wise men had visited Herod in the first instance? If they had not visited Herod, wouldn't they had still seen Jesus? Matt 2:9 says 'When they had heard the king, they departed; and lo (which means behold, see, alas), the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. The star didn't go anywhere. It was always above them but they choosed to follow their head knowledge as we sometimes do.
Beloved, this is the crux of the message today. Let's highlight some key points.
1. Wise men were carefully choosen by the Lord (Angels) for the assignment of welcoming Baby Jesus. God choose wise men but I'm not sure they acted as wise men all the way. The Lord will help you and I - we would not betray the Lord's trust.
2. The Wise men follow the star until they came to the city where Herod the King was. The question is did they stopped seeing the star?
3. The wise men jettisoned the leading of the star and went to the palace of the king. They stopped trusting the guidance of the star. They used human wisdom - if there is a King, He must be in the palace.
4. Were the wise men warned from making such an unwise decision? The bible didn't record it but there's a strong possibility that they were warned.
5. The wise men visit to the palace led to avoidable death, sorrow and weeping. This was a costly decision and avoidable sorrow.
Beloved, I perceived that the wise men followed the voice of reason and logic and ignored the guidance of the star. They took away their eyes from the star and see the consequences. Many uncountable deaths of infants.
The message this morning is simple.
1. As believers, we should keep our eyes on the Lord at all times. Never trust in the arm of flesh or human wisdom.
2. Isa 30; 21 says 'and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when you turned to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. I can boldly say that if and only if the wise men kept their eyes on the star, they wouldn't have gone to Herod.
3. Job 32; 8 'But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. However, if a man ignores the inspiration of the Almighty, the Lord will not, will never strive (force)with man to do the right thing because man is a free agent. Gen 6:3.
As we celebrate Christ in this season, let's us learn to submit to the Lord.
Let's us acknowledge Him in all our decisions.
Let's us not become so acquainted and take his guidance for granted.
Beloved, as many as are led by the Spirit - these are the children of God. And if God is leading us, our actions will not result in sorrow.
As this year is coming to an end, I frustrate every agenda of sorrow over and around you in Jesus mighty Name, Amen.
My prayer for you and your household is that the remaining days of this year will be for signs, wonders, laughter, celebration and every good thing.
May the Lord be praised at this season on account of all your moves and actions.
Shalom and blessings.
From the Desk of
Pastor in the House