READ : Matthew 2:1-6
The story of Jesus’ birth in Matthew and Luke gives us the complete picture, like a puzzle with pieces interlocking. The two accounts that relate to the Nativity have one fact in common:
Jesus’ family was in Bethlehem when Jesus was born. Matthew says nothing about His being born in a stable and the shepherd’s visit. Luke does not mention anything about the wise men and the guiding star, nor the massacre of the innocent baby boys, nor the flight of Jesus’ family into Egypt.
Seven hundred years earlier the prophet Micah prophesied that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem in the land of Judah and He would be a ruler over Israel (Micah 5:2). The wise men knew of the promise that the Messiah would come. So when they saw the brilliant star, they were jubilant. The Bible tells us we will also see signs before His second coming and some of those signs have already happened.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come” (Matt. 24:42). It’s important to be prepared and watchful as the wise men were those many years ago, for Jesus Christ is coming again.
Dear Lord, the prediction that You would come into this world as a baby was fulfilled. Now we await Your coming again. May all of us be ready! Amen.