What an awesome day! We just finished our 3 Christmas Services. Today's topic was "Wise Men Still Seek Jesus" from Matthew 2.
I'm sitting at my desk in my office, typing on my keyboard & listening to the Chiefs game on the radio. (Andy Studebaker just recovered a fumble for a touchdown.)
I have several thoughts as I sit here…
- Pumped — I'm PUMPED about what God did today. We saw people who received Christ as Savior. And I heard from people who told me they identified with King Herod, vacated the throne of their life, & invited Jesus to re-take his rightful place.
- The Star — As I said, there are all sorts of ideas of what the Star of Bethlehem was: a nova, new star, comet, planet, angel, miracle, etc. The website I referenced was BethlehemStar.net, with the COOL video in our church's small goup study library called, "The Star of Bethlehem." They have the take that the star was a planet. Another reference for you is Dr. Werner Papke's "How I Identified the Star of Bethlehem" whose take is that it was a new star.
- The Medes — The reference I made to the historian, Herodotus, which connected the wise men with the Medes (AKA Kurds) came from John Macarthur's article, "Who Were the Wise Men?"
- The Choir — I was backstage when I heard our choir sing an a capella version of "Angels We Have Heard On High" and it took my breath away. All I can say is, "WOW."
- The Song — The last song our praise team did before I spoke was Chris Tomlin's "Born that We May Have Life." As I listened backstage, I could have sworn the start of the song was just like the start of Wham's "Last Christmas." Funny thing was that after 3rd service, I found that Pastor Ben was thinking the same thing.
- Drained — Wow, I cannot WAIT for a nap later. I plan to hit it HARD!
If you're in town, join us Thursday afternoon at 3:30p or 5:00p for our All-Family Christmas Candlelight Service. INVITE A FRIEND!