Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Travel Agent

"After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
Matthew 2:1-2

When we book a vacation through a travel agent, we usually only see the end results – the tickets and itinerary. We don’t concern ourselves with the behind the scenes stuff; the telephone calls to resorts or the deals made with airlines and hotels. Too often, the same thing happens when we look at the Christmas story. We forget the work that God has done to bring us to Christ’s crib and we only focus on our ticket and itinerary.

Thousands of years before Christ was brought to the earth and placed in a crib, God had done some amazing behind the scenes work to bring the wise men, and ultimately us, to the crib. Because of this work, God broke through to them and revealed himself in a way that they could understand. They listened to God’s word and then followed their travel agent, the Christmas star, to their Savior.

Just like the wise men thousands of years ago, you are on a journey. You are all traveling somewhere in life. And in your journey God has placed an earthbound star to lead you where you need to go. The question is, "Are you following the star that God has given you?" It could be a teacher, a parent or a friend God has placed in your life to lead you to Christ. Make sure you do what the wise men did all those years ago. Seek for answers; ask questions; investigate your findings; then follow that star to the crib of Jesus Christ.

See you this Sunday for Part 2 in our Christmas Series: "Cribs: The Crucial Relationship Initiated By the Savior."

In His Grip,

Brett
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