When Jesus was Born
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem...there came wise men from
the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of
the Jews? Matt. 2:1, 2.
The King of glory stooped low to take humanity; and angels, who
had witnessed His splendor in the heavenly courts, as He was worshiped
by all the heavenly hosts, were disappointed to find their divine
Commander in a position of so great humiliation.
The Jews had separated themselves so far from God by their wicked
works, that angels could not communicate to them the tidings of
the advent of the infant Redeemer. God chooses the wise men of the
East to do His will....
These wise men had seen the heavens illuminated with light, which
enshrouded the heavenly host who heralded the advent of Christ to
the humble shepherds....
This light was a distant cluster of flaming angels, which appeared
like a luminous star. The unusual appearance of the large bright
star, which they had never seen before, hanging as a sign in the
heavens, attracted their attention....The wise men directed their
course where the star seemed to lead them. And as they drew nigh
to the city of Jerusalem, the star was enshrouded in darkness, and
no longer guided them. They reasoned that the Jews could not be
ignorant of the great event of the advent of the Messiah, and they
made inquiries in the vicinity of Jerusalem.
The wise men are surprised to see no unusual interest upon the
subject of the coming of the Messiah....They marvel that the Jews
are not interested and joyful in prospect of this great event of
the advent of Christ.
The churches of our time are seeking worldly aggrandizement, and
are as unwilling to see the light of the prophecies, and receive the
evidences of their fulfillment which show that Christ is soon to come,
as were the Jews in reference to His first appearing. They were looking
for the temporal and triumphant reign of Messiah in Jerusalem. Professed
Christians of our time are expecting the temporal prosperity of the
church, in the conversion of the world, and the enjoyment of the temporal
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