The Magi (Advent 2012 – Day 7)

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The scripture for Today:

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrive in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?

– Matthew 2:1

The first thing to notice about the Magi were that these men were gentiles. Like yours truly, they were not decedents of Israel, but rather men from the East who had been learned of the savior’s birth an journeyed form a far to see him. This visitation form foreign kings fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which claimed that:

Nations will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

– Isaiah 60:3

Christ was recognized by these kings as the “King of the Jews” and though we can never know whether these men knew exactly how significant this child would prove to be, they were certain that he was very special indeed. Christ was a fulfiller of prophecies and promises, not just of Israel but for Gentiles as well. Through Abraham’s decedent’s (Israel) all the nations would be blessed through Christ in fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant dating all the way back to Genesis.

“I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

-Genesis 12:3

Christ would prove to be the means by which God reconciled all peoples (Jew and Gentile) back through him. In Christ sin would be defeated and death would lose it’s sting. No longer would man be bound to covenant and nationalistic bonds, but rather they would find freedom in Christ from their shackles of sin and law. The law that reveled sin would be fulfilled by grace, mercy, and the sacrifice of a God who loves us more than we can fathom.

If you a gentile like me then take this day to be thankful that Christ has come and that the blessings to all nations has arrived in Christ. Be thankful that we are not lost in our sin or bound to the law, but free in Christ to live lives worthy of the calling. Our bondage is not one of law or sin but of gratefulness and love. That is what Christ offers each of us regardless of who we are or where we are from. That is worth celebrating.

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