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Search Diligently

Search Diligently

When we undertake a journey we usually do so with a purpose – some goal or destination to visit. Each year can be seen as a journey. What are you searching for this year?

When the Wise Men came to Herod asking “where is He born King of the Jews?” Herod must have been aware that poor people were all astir with the belief that it was time for the Messiah to appear. Since he had no personal information, he wisely turned to the religious leaders. Surprisingly they had no trouble providing specific information about this most important event. However it is not the that Herod saw this as an opportunity to nip an imminent uprising in the bud. So he sends the Magi to Bethlehem saying, “Go search diligently for the child and - -“

With or without Divine intervention it is highly likely that the Magi could perceive Herod’s real intent and went home another way. However it was Divine intervention that set Joseph to work feverishly packing his family off to Egypt.

Is it surprising that the religious leaders apparently had no interest in the Magi’s mission? What about us? We can certainly see this as a personal challenge to search diligently for Jesus. Pastor McMillan ended his sermon with that challenge.

As I have thought of that I realize that I know little of how to “search the scriptures diligently.” For many years I have faithfully read both the Old and the New Testaments. This last year I began to write a short paragraph or prayer after having read my daily assigned Bible reading. That in no way approaches an in depth Bible study. Now I have launched this Sermon Blog hoping that God will lead me to or remind me of Scriptures that illuminate the sermon theme.

I invite you to share any insights you have. May the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ illuminate each of our minds that we may know Jesus with saving faith.

Paul McMillan



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