Christmas and the New Year

How the time has flown. We have passed the shortest day of the year a couple of days ago and now we are in the Christmas season is upon us. Many will have gone to Christmas, eve or day, services. There are interesting details about the birth of Christ and often misconceptions. It is often said that there were three wise men but the Bible does not support this. Three gifts were given to Christ, as a child, but I believe there were certainly more wise men than that. Matthew 2:1 – 3 reads, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”
Three wise men would not have troubled all of Jerusalem and the king. The Word of God infers that the wise men had been traveling some year and a half to two years before they arrived at Bethlehem. They would have to be prepared for robbers etc and so this would have necessitated an armed escort that would have been big enough to intimidate potential attackers or, if called upon, defend this party. This was no small, inconsequential group. We don’t know exactly what time of year Jesus Christ was born but it is very exciting and wonderful that we do know he was born and many details of this most significant birth of Emmanuel – God with us, and it is not just important in this season.
Matthew 1:23: Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Matthew 1:21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

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