Verses: Luke 2:8-18 Mathew 2:1-12
There are events that we can wonder if they really happened. In Matthew, wise men witnessed the birth of Christ and in Luke, it was the shepherds…these are two categories of people in the society, one is the high class (wise men, people who could study the meaning of stars) and the low class (shepherds, simple men).
God allowed that the wise and the simple testify of the birth of Jesus and He revealed Himself to each of them in ways they could understand. He spoke to Shepherds through an Angel because, as jews, they had heard about Angels, and He spoke to wise men through stars, which was the object of their study. God knows you and He knows the language you can easily understand, he’s not a God confusion, He will make sure that when He speaks, you understand.
6 Lessons from the birth of Jesus
1. When both the wise men and the shepherds saw and heard the sign of the birth of Jesus, they followed through, to see the King. They went with haste. They made the resolution to see with their own eyes. Many heard about Jesus through TV or a sermon but they don’t pursue to meet Him personally…some are still at the level of stars…of memories of times they saw a manifestation of Jesus. Job said: “my ears had heard about you but now my eyes have seen you, therefore I despise myself” (42:5). Can you resolve to seek Him for yourself? That means going to Golgotha, where your flesh is crucified. How? Through the word of God and prayer. God said: “you will seek me and you will find me if you seek me with all your heart”(Jeremiah 29:13).
2. When both heard and saw the sign of Jesus’ birth, everything changed. Matthew 2:10 says “when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy”. When the angel announced the good news to the shepherds, he said: “I bring you good news of great joy…” (Luke 2:10). The reason we are always sad is because we do not get into the presence of God. When he’s absent from our lives, something else is present. Joy is a fruit of the spirit, not a fruit of obtaining what we want.
3. When they both saw Jesus, they testified. If you haven’t spoken about him to someone, you haven’t met Him. Shepherds didn’t need to learn any evangelism strategies, they started testifying (Matthew 2:17). Right after meeting Jesus, the Samaritan woman went back to tell the whole village “come and see”. People will see Him in you. It is a shame for us as a church to spend a whole year without having brought anyone to Christ. It’s a shame for a Christian to spend a whole year without witnessing to anyone. When the disciples were arrested, beaten and forbidden to speak again about the name of Jesus, they responded “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). John also said: “that which we have seen and heard, we proclaim also to you” (1 John 1:3). Have you seen Him?
4. When they saw Him, they both bowed down and worshipped Him. It is impossible to really see Jesus and not humble yourself and worship
5. They opened their treasures (Matthew 2:11). They didn’t just open their pockets but they opened their TREASURES. For where your treasure is, there will your heart also be (Matthew 6:21). They gave meaningful treasures:
– gold (offered to a divinity)
– frankincense (the incense that was to be a continual aroma in the Holy place [Leviticus 24:7], which is also a symbol of the prayers of the saints, dependance to God [Revelations 8:3])
– myrrh (the oil that was used to anoint Aaron’s brothers, it refers to the function of priest and prophet [Exodus 30:22-33])
6. God spoke to them in a dream and warned them not to return to Herod (Matthew 2:12). God only speaks to those who have encoutered Him. When you see Him, His spirituals gifts can operate in you.
God wants you to make a resolution to seek Him. Daniel resolved… Peter resolved… Be intentional in seeking Jesus, not a man, because Him alone is perfect and does not disappoint.