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Verses 35-37: “This Moses whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one God sent to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the Angel who appeared to him in the bush. He brought them out, after he had shown wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red Sea, and in the wilderness forty years. This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘ The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.’”

In December 2008, Auburn fans were waiting to see who the university would hire to replace the recently-resigned Tommy Tuberville as head football coach. I first got word at a Sunday School Christmas party as a friend of mine had been catching the latest news. A lot of alumni were expecting a “big-name” hire…and my friend told me that they hired…Gene Chizik. I must admit, it took me some minutes after saying, “Who?”; I was reminded that he had once been Tuberville’s defensive coordinator, but was recently at Iowa State. I wasn’t alone in my confusion; I heard from several fans I knew that they were perplexed that Chizik was going to be “the man” to coach my alma mater’s football team. In the day and age of universities trying to get the “big name”, some weren’t satisfied with the hiring of Chizik, who just finished that year at Iowa State with a 2-10 record. Yet, not 2 years later, he was the head coach of Auburn’s BCS national championship win over the University of Oregon. Everyone was riding high now that Chizik was indeed “the man”. For the record, he was fired after only 4 seasons.

The point I was trying to make was that, although a former successful assistant at Auburn, some folks didn’t like him at first as the choice for head coach. Stephen is reminding the Sanhedrin, in the history lesson he’s giving them, that Moses, God’s man to lead Israel, at first wasn’t accepted by Israel either! Moses even told them that a Prophet would come from the lineage of Israel, and that the people better listen! Now…who do you think he was referring to? Hint: the council didn’t like Stephen’s analogy! The answer, of course, is Jesus Christ.

What if you knew that you were about to deliver the last message you’d ever speak…what would you say?

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verse 2: “‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him.'”
verses 9-11: “And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshipped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

How far would you go to see a once-in-a-lifetime event?

In January 2010, tens of thousands of people descended on Washington, D.C. The event was the historic inauguration of the first African-American man to be elected President of the United States, Barack Obama. There were many who came great distances to witness in person this event; some believing that the day would never come where a black man would hold the highest office in the United States. That day came.

How far would you go to see a once-in-a-lifetime event?

I have a co-worker who is ecstatic about our alma mater being in the BCS National Championship. He is furiously trying to make plans to afford to travel to Glendale, AZ, to see the football game. His comment to me about wanting to go was, “The last championship we had was in 1957. I may never see this again in my lifetime!”

How far would you go to see a once-in-a-lifetime event?

Three experts in the study of the stars traveled an incredible distance…by camel (an animal not known for fantastic acceleration, as in 0 to 60 in 5 seconds!). They traveled this distance to witness an event foretold in prophecy. Their study of the stars revealed the invitation to this event: “His star”. They didn’t have any fancy GPS system to find their way…they followed His star. You think we get excited at football games? These men “rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Now they were EXCITED! When they arrived and entered the house where the King of Kings was….they worshipped Him; they gave Him their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh; and they went home (by another route, having been warned by God in a dream, so as to avoid Herod).

How far would you go…to meet Jesus? He is as close as a prayer away, if you ask Him into your heart.

Merry Christmas!

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