Sunday, December 24, 2006

They Rejoiced with Exceeding Great Joy

Matthew 2

1Now 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,

2Saying, 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.

3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

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Gatekeeper said...

I think that the star they saw had to be absolutely blinding! Don't you think? Anyhow, Merry Christmas.

Dirty Butter said...

The movie we saw this week, The Nativity Story, used the idea that it was a conjunction of three heavenly bodies. I don't know if astronomers have ever figured out any logical possibilities, or even tried!

Merry Christmas to you, too, Gatekeeper!

Dwayne Reaves said...

I like the post, Glad to know that there are some people that know what Christmas is all about. Merry Christmas

jan said...

It's so easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas. Good post.

Nuri said...

Merry Christmas, Dirty Butter!
But we actually don't know when Jesus was born, do we?