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Daily in the Word is the Radio and Internet ministry of Dr. Paul Chappell, Senior Pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church and President of West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster California. Visit www.lancasterbaptist.org for more information.
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A Heart of Joy—Part 2
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Missing the Point“When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,”Matthew 2:3–5When the wise men brought news to Jerusalem that the king of the Jews had been born, the evil and paranoid King Herod immediately decided to kill this threat to his rule. So he brought in the Jewish religious leaders—those who knew the most about the Scriptures—and asked them to give him a location for the birth of this promised king. They did not have to consult commentaries and dig through their libraries. They knew immediately that Bethlehem was the place because they knew that Micah 5:2 prophesied the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. But that knowledge raises the question: why weren’t they in Bethlehem? The timing of the birth of the Messiah had been laid out in detail in the prophecies of Daniel. They knew that the time was near, but instead of going to look for the Saviour, they remained in Jerusalem, caught up in the busyness and intrigues of their daily lives. They missed the point of God’s plan and ignored what was most important.That is a challenge that we too face at Christmas. One humorist said, “Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.” Christmas is not about the decorations, presents, and parties, but about the birth of Jesus Christ. Nothing that takes our attention and focus away from Him is helpful to our lives. Nothing can ever be allowed to take His rightful place at the center of lives, thoughts, and actions.Today’s Growth Principle:
Do not let the pressures and hectic pace of the Christmas season rob you of the joy of worshiping Jesus.
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Date published: 2013-09-19