Monday Christmas: Reactions to His Light

‘3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for out of you will come a ruler

who will shepherd my people Israel.”

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”’ ~Matthew 2

‘I will follow in the path

This Light does lead

Please tell me the place

Where I may honor Him

Worship Him

Forever more.’

.

‘What is this news

That comes to our ears?

Brought from Gentiles

Far far away?

We are pressed underneath

The Roman thumb

And they say a King is born today!

How can this be?

This cannot be!

What will become of us

If the Romans hear of it?’

.

‘We have studied the Scriptures

We know it through and through

Nothing has escaped our notice

We know everything it has to give

This King was foretold of

To be born in Bethlehem

So go and stop this thing

Do not let it remain.’

.

‘I am Herod

And I have been blessed

With a place of power

And now this threat has come

To tear down my tower

So I will squash it unawares

I will pretend to be an angel of light

But when given the chance

I will kill this king the Lord spoke of

This threat will not remain

This Light will be rendered meaningless.’

.

‘I will follow in the path

This Light does lead

I will go to this place,

Called Bethlehem,

Where I may honor Him

Worship Him

Forever more.’

~

“2The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” ~Isaiah 9

“9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” ~John 1

“19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” ~John 3

“5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” ~1 John 1

 

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