Magi from the east so far, ever
Following the brightest star,

Bearing opulent gifts you come
To lay them before the Holy One,

For you've seen more than an
Impression in the night's sky

And your steadfast purpose
Could not be hindered...

You've seen a sign and now you seek
Fulfillment in worshiping incarnate God --

As the Desire Of The Ages lay bundled
In a manger, in a cattle shed

In the Father's keeping.

by Cheryl Ellen Baxter ©          


Matthew 2:1-12 -- Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Sometime after the wise men worshiped the child and left Bethlehem, the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream warning him that Herod wanted to destroy the child, and that he was to flee with the child and Mary into Egypt, and they were not to return until the LORD told him that it was safe to return. After Herod died, Joseph, Mary and young Jesus returned to Judea and the city of Nazareth by the Sea of Galilee.

Praise be to our GREAT GOD, for fulfilling his promise to redeem us from our sins, through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

HALLELUJAH Brothers and Sisters! May your Christmas Season be filled with the CHRIST of Christmas, instead of the things that easily distract and take away our focus from the essential --JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD, SAVIOR.
Cheryl's Series of Christmas Poems with scriptural references will be shared throughout the rest of the month of December. I'm celebrating the birth of our LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, KING of the Universe. Please join me in this celebration. God Bless you and your loved ones as you remember the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords.