Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Choose Wisely

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

19th December 2010

Jesus always provokes choices.

Even as a tiny infant, Jesus prompted people to make choices.

Some came to bow the knee in worship and homage of the new born king. There were the shepherds:

‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about." So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart’. (Luke 2:8–19)

And there were the wise men:

‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."…When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him…’ (Matthew 2:1–2, 10–11)

Others chose the opposite reaction and sought to obliterate Him even as soon as He was born.

Herod pretended that he wanted to join in the worship:

‘Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him’." (Matthew 2:7–8)

But in reality we know he was greatly disturbed by Jesus (V.3) and when the Wise Men went back to their country without informing Herod where Jesus was (V.12) he flew into a demonic rage and launched the holocaust of the killing of all the baby boys under two in the Bethlehem area.

The arrival of Jesus was a time of worship and hatred.

The tiny baby was the catalyst for choices even in His earliest hours on the earth, and the same was true of Jesus as he moved to the end of his life.

As Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the crowd came to worship Him:

‘Many people spread their cloaks on the road, while others spread branches they had cut in the fields. Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!" "Hosanna in the highest!" (Mark 11:8–10)

But for others it was a different story:

‘The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching’. (V.18)

All of us have a choice to make when confronted with Jesus – Will we worship Him, or want to get rid of Him?

Choose wisely and be among those who bow the knee in worship and thanksgiving.

Pastor Barry

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