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The Call to
a. After Jesus was born in
b. Look at the Magi—they were willing to travel a great distance just to meet this newborn King. They put in miles that puts to shame most if not all traveling done in America today—and they did it essentially on foot. That required some serious motivation and determination. To pick up and go for 1000 miles based solely on an observation of the heavens.
c. Whey would they care so much about seeing a new king in
e. They are from “the east” which is generally understood to be Mesopotamia—in the regions held by great kingdoms like Assyria, Babylonia and
f. Most of the Jews never returned to the
h. But if everything else lined up right—in a way that God has a tendency to do—the Magi could themselves be Jewish or partially Jewish. Part of a faith community that always wondered what it would have been like if they had gone home with Ezra, Nehemiah and the others. It’s as if God still sees them as part of the Remnant that He had promised to call home.
a. Instead of being in a far off country—this call came to those who were close-by. There’s a sense of urgency—that God wants them there—to not miss a moment of what He is doing.
d. They were the last ones a normal Israelite would choose—but they were God’s first choice. They were the reminders of where the nation of
a. Imagine all those God could have chosen to bring His Son into the world. There were great and powerful men and women.
You have a part to play… God is inviting you to truly worship Him and come home to restored and genuine relationship—just like the Magi
You have a part to play…God is inviting you to see, to witness, to testify to what God is doing in your life—just like the Shepherds