Matthew 2:1: After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Luke 2:15, When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.
As a Pastor, my Christmas is filled with short trips from house to house. No, I am not Santa Clause, but my wife and I attend as many of our church Small Group Christmas parties as we can. If you happen to follow me on Facebook or Twitter you have seen the pictures we post at each stop along the way. You could call me the ultimate Christmas party crasher.
We have already attended numerous parties with many more to go. Sometimes we get to stay for a while, but other times we have to relatively quickly get back in the car and head to the next party—and we love it!
When Jeana and I started making these Christmas party visits we used what was called a Mapsco to give us directions from house to house. Now our GPS helps us find the way.
Some 2,000 years ago, neither the Wise Men nor the shepherds had a Mapsco or GPS, but they still found their way to Christ. The Wise Men followed a Star, and the Shepherds listened to the angel. Both found the way to Christ.
My prayer for you this Christmas is that you would follow the example of the Wise Men and Shepherds, and in the midst of everything else going on in your life, find the Christ of Christmas!
Take Care and have a Merry Christmas!
John Mark Caton