In Matthew 2:5, the chief priests and scribes said to Herod, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet.”

The chief priests and scribes knew Scripture very well. They were very intelligent in that area. However, as what normally happens with many of us, their intellectual knowledge did not transfer to their spiritual wisdom. Their minds were not communicating their hearts. The chief priests and scribes should have been the ones seeking the new born King. Instead, it were the magi, a bunch of astronomers, astrologist, and natural scientist who were seeking to worship the King. The chief priest were too busy keeping up with their traditions and rituals to see what was taking place. If Christ is not the one leading every aspect of our lives, we can end up doing a lot of things we think God requires us to do instead of being what He wants us to be. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “I have BECOME all things to all men.” As we have Christ in us, He is the great ‘I AM’ not the great ‘I do’. In Hebrew, ‘I AM’ can be translated as ‘The Becoming One’. Notice it is not translated as ‘The Doing One’. I stress this fact because in whatever we ‘do’, we must ‘be’what is needed of us to be. That is what it means to have Christ in us. If not, we can end up knowing the Scriptures very well but totally deny Jesus the opportunity to be what He needs to be in our lives and in the lives of the people that we encounter on a daily basis.

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