The Crowning Blessing of God’s Word

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

– Matthew 2:1-6

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Bird of Paradise – a flower of remarkable and elegant design | January 2018 | Chula Vista, CA

Scripture testifies to the fact that the heavens declare God’s glory, and that their testimony is heard throughout the universe:

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.  – Psalm 19:1-3

Paul says that the very creation testifies to the existence of God and even his invisible attributes:

For God’s invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. – Romans 1:20

But the wisemen couldn’t make it to Jesus apart from the testimony of Scripture. They were able to follow the star to Jerusalem (the presumed birthplace of the King of the Jews). But they needed the testimony of Scripture to guide them to Bethlehem and to the child in the manger.

Reason and experience can teach us much about God. That’s called the natural knowledge of God. But only through the revelation of God through the Scripture – which testifies to Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh – do we come to a saving knowledge of God.

Jesus offers this promise to those who engage in and remain engaged in his Word: “You will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” That’s quite a blessing to those who attend to the Word of God!

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