Many of the key “characters” in the Christmas Story had an important promise of God affirmed to them, which enabled them to “ take heart .”. Simeon: “God always keeps His Promises.”. Zack & Liz: “God sees and cares about your pain.”. Mary: “God will honor your faithfulness.”. Joseph:
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Many of the key “characters” in the Christmas Story had an important promise of God affirmed to them, which enabled them to
“God always keeps
Zack & Liz:
“God sees and cares about your pain.”
“God will honor your faithfulness.”
“God will guide
Our last “characters” from the Christmas Story that could take heart from the lessons they learned traveled very far and sacrificed much:
The Wise Men (Magi)
“The Visit of the Magi”
For the Magi to take this trip to Israel, it would likely have cost them:
it is impossibleto please God,
because anyone who comes to Him
must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
In their diligent study of the O.T., the Magi learned about God’s “Heart”:
who is bound
to the Lord say,
“The Lordwill surely exclude me
from His people.”
Although there was still much the Magi didn’t know about God and His Ways; they obeyed Him
in the matters
they did understand.
We need to do
the same thing.
to be found
by those who have wandered away from Him, but repent & seek Him.
the Lord your God,
you will find Him
if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”
11“For I know
the plans I have for you,”
declares the Lord, “plans
to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give
you hope and a future.
12Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”
6 “Seek the Lordwhile He may be found;call on Him while He is near.7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the evil ones their thoughts.Let them turn to the Lord,
and He will have mercy on them, and to our God,
for He will freely pardon.”
4 This is what the Lord says to Israel:
“Seek Me and live;
5 do not seek Bethel,
do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba.For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.6 Seek the Lord and live…”
of the Israelites,
The Magi were
not just far away physically from Israel, they also were spiritually separated by their sins, too.
the people of God has been made up of “insiders” and “outsiders”
(people with godly ancestry… or not).
However… the process of God saving
a person is the SAME for everyone:
Seeking God through Repentance of Sins
“God is found by all
who sincerely seek Him.”