Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
“Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?
For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
"'And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Oh my...Almost Christmas indeed! I love this verse and that these "wise men" traveled so far and for so long to see the King of kings. They were certainly men of great vision and faith to continue to follow that star...and to stay true to their mission. God was guiding them, and He still guides us today. Thank you for this post...even though I really am not quite ready to think about Christmas just yet...LOL.ReplyDelete
He still guides us today...so true. Thanks, Pamela. :)Delete
Not ready for the holidays or the shorter daylight hours, but this post contains words of comfort.ReplyDelete
Oh Yes, Christmas is coming! This is a special verse, Sandi. It is my favorite holiday, and I couldn't resist today when I saw some Peppermint tea - I had to buy it! : )ReplyDelete
Have a restful weekend.
Peppermint tea! That sounds wonderful.Delete
The Christmas Story, the most beautiful story ever written. I love Christmas, not the worldly part, the spiritual part. It's a very special time of year.ReplyDelete
God bless you, Sandi.
Thanks. God bless you too, Victor.Delete
I illustrated a children's book about the animals in the manger.ReplyDelete
What's it called?
A truly beautiful post - even if I am not ready to think about Christmas.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Elephant's Child!Delete
Oh I'm not ready for Christmas yet! :)ReplyDelete
Ha ha! Well, get ready-- here it comes!Delete
I love Christmas. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Me too. :)Delete
Admittedly I'll be glad when Christmas is gone.ReplyDelete
I'm not ready to think about Christmas as far as decorating and shopping, but it's good to be reminded of the real reason for Christmas all year long!ReplyDelete
I love this passage which I have heard many, many times. Thank you for sharing it!ReplyDelete
I just sent you an email.
Many people forget the miracle of birth...ReplyDelete
I didn't know the term Almost Christmas but I like it very much.
best regards :)
this is beautifully written dear Sandi :)ReplyDelete
i can feel the thrill of festival
more blessings to you my friend!
Thank you, Baili!Delete
I have to say, I am not a celebrator of the 'christmas' that is about 'Santa', as all it seems to be about is giving expensive presents to children - many of whom tell their parents what they want these days. Hardly anything is spoken about the birth of our Saviour. It is the shops which benefit from the 25th of December, making millions from what they sell regarding that day. I have a card on my desk right in front of me as I am typing this called 'Wise men came'. It is one which I made years ago and inside is a poem regarding what the birth of Jesus was all about. That is what I try to encourage people with on the 25th of December. As I have said in one of my previous posts - the word Santa can be shuffled around and turned into the word Satan, and this is what I believe the spiritual enemy is capable of doing to distract all from the truth at that time of the year.
It is strange how the holiday has been transformed from "now you are free" to "now you are a slave to debt and shopping." Sort of perverts the entire meaning.Delete
Sadly I think the commercial aspect of Christmas is winning. Even as an agnostic I think that is very wrong.Delete
Those parts about giving birth to Jesus are my favourite in the Bible, I think. I love Christmas ☺ReplyDelete
We have changed Christmas up so much in the last few years-gotten away from generous giving to giving from the heart instead. Instead of big ticket items-small things that speak of love for the individual. We celebrate Christmas for the real meaning-compared to what we did years ago. Blessings- xo DianaReplyDelete
Beautiful photo, Happy Sunday!ReplyDelete
Christmas...it will be here before we know it.ReplyDelete
Even now, it is such a good time to focus and prepare our hearts on our Savior's birth.
Hallelujah, what a savior!
So nice to visit with you this evening ♡
Yes! it is almost here ,ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing the Word, to remind us of the real meaning Christmas, and why we celebrate this special time!
Hope people will not forget the real meaning of Christmas. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
A timely and very important reminder! Thanks you for sharing. Have a wonderful week.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Já não tarda. É bom que nos vamos preparando…ReplyDelete
Uma boa semana.
Lovely Sandi - It is always wonderful to read the Christmas story no matter what time of the year. Hugs!ReplyDelete
Such a great time in the history of our world!ReplyDelete