December 20, 2018
Matthew 2:11a, “They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him.”
• a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night
• a self-luminous gaseous spheroid celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions
• a planet or a configuration of the planets thatis held in astrology to influence one’s destiny or fortune
• a waxing or waning fortune or fame
• a conventional figure with five or more points
Why do you suppose that the telling of Jesus’ birth is told so differently by the four gospels.
Matthew begins with explaining the lineage of Jesus, mentions King Herod of Jerusalem and the magic seeking the birth of the King of the Jews. And, then to the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the wise men/magi.
Mark’s Gospel starts out talking about “Good News” of Jesus Christ the Son of God referencing the prophet Isaiah telling of John the Baptist. John would prepare the way for Jesus. Mark skips the birth completely and goes right into Jesus being baptized and starting this ministry.
Luke thought it important to share the relationship of Zechariah, Elizabeth and their son John with that of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. Luke also explains how and why Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem.
John, he takes a totally different approach towards Jesus’ existence. John places Jesus at/before the dawn of creation. Jesus has always been and will always be, He one with a God as the Holy Spirit is one with God, all 3 separate yet equal. John refers to Jesus as “the Word.” John then explains John the Baptist and his role in preparing the way for Jesus and the baptism of Jesus and His ministry.
Just as all Christians come to Christ for different reasons and cling to specific parts of His ministry, so did the writers of the four gospels. They each had a particular viewpoint of Jesus and because of these we are able to experience each of them. It is so wonderful to experience the birth of Jesus, the story is new each time we hear it and we are refreshed as we are able to continue to learn and recognize things that sometimes gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the season.
As we search our hearts and minds during this season of Advent, let us also be mindful of the “Star” God is still reaching out to all individuals, the lost, the down hearted, the least of us…
May you find rest and peace in Jesus this Advent Season. Thank you for joining me on this journey.
Prayer: Lord, may all the world worship the King of Heaven! Amen.
~Peace and Blessings~
The C. S. Lewis Bible NRSV