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– And all they that heard it – wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. – Luke 2:18

The most incredible event in the history of man had just taken place in a Bethlehem manger.  The wise men made haste to see if Joseph and Mary’s son was the Christ child (Luke 2:16).  To set out and go see for themselves if the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes was the Saviour promised to all before the world began (Luke 2:12, Titus 1:2).

Whose birth was foretold by God though His prophets of old (Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2).  Mary kept all these things to herself and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19).  However, when the wise men had seen Jesus – they went abroad making it known the saying which was told them concerning the child (Luke 2:17).  And all that heard – just wondered (lead verse).

They didn’t seem to question the wise men any further.  Even though Scripture doesn’t say, it appears there might have been a little bit of skepticism on their part – for they did not set out on a similar quest themselves to see the child.  They just wondered.  “Wonder” as a noun can mean “full of awe” – but, as a verb it can mean “full of doubt.”

Did you ever hear someone say,  “I wonder about so-and-so?”  As if they weren’t sure why such a person was doing what they were doing.  Do we still wonder like this today as Christians?  Deep inside are we still doubtful about our faith, still wondering in our hearts why we’re doing what we’re doing – despite any outward worship and love of God?

Despite talking with many while walking this earth, there were those who wondered if the gracious words coming from the Son of man were truly being directed by God (John 14:10).  After all, Jesus was just Joseph’s son to some (Luke 4:22).  Even though Christ only spoke the truth to all – there were those who doubted – who did not believe (John 8:45-46).

Do we also need a continual stream of heavenly miracles, signs, and wonders – to keep believing and trusting Him?  Are such things the primary basis of why we follow His only Son?  Jesus knew a certain nobleman whose son was near death, would not believe unless he saw signs and wonders (John 4:48).  Could the same be said for any of us?

Are we also wondering when Christ is going to return, bringing salvation (Revelation 12:10); or if God is going to send His Son back for us at all?  After all, everything seems to be continuing the way it has since the dawn of creation.  This mindset is not new – there were some who wondered about such things shortly after Christ’s resurrection (2 Peter 3:4).

Should we be worried if we’re like this as Christians? God tells us we are to take heed about any unbelief; which can give us the desire as Paul had to depart after the world again – like Demas did (Hebrews 3:12-19, Philippians 1:23, 2 Timothy 4:10).  We’re also warned about being double-minded – meaning undecided and wavering (James 1:8).

When we are like this – we are unstable in all our ways; not firm in our faith.  We are like waves on the sea.  Driven with the wind – and tossed to and fro with strange doctrines (James 1:6, Ephesians 4:14). We may wake up one day and worship God with all our hearts, minds, and souls (Mark 12:30) – then wonder the next morning if all we are doing in His name is worth it.

There is danger if we doubt – if we still wonder what Christianity is really about.  God once promised to end a famine in Samaria the next day.  A certain lord doubted this.  Unless heaven’s windows were going to be opened for him to see how God was going to do it – he would not believe.  God delivered as always, but the lord died from unbelief (2 Kings 17:1-20).

When Zacharias was an old man, he was visited by Gabriel – an angel of the Lord.  Gabriel told Zacharias that his wife Elizabeth was going to bear a son, whom they would call John.  This baby boy would become John the Baptist, who would turn hearts of disobedience to the wisdom of the just – to ready and prepare them for the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:11-17).

They had no child, they both were very old  – and Elizabeth was barren.  Because Zacharias did not believe Gabriel and the words he spoke of God’s promise – Zacharias was made dumb and unable to speak until all things were fulfilled in season.  When everything transpired exactly as God had said – only then could Zacharias speak again (Luke 1:19-20, 57-64).

God tells us to watch – not wonder.  To watch and be ready – because we do not know in what hour the Lord will come back like a thief in the night (Matthew 24:42-44).  To watch with prayer – for we do not know what the precise time will be when the gospel will have been preached in all the world – for a witness unto all the nations (Mark 13:32, Matthew 24:14).

To watch with soberness and vigilance – which is very hard to do if we’re not remaining steadfast in our faith; but stuck in some degree of doubtful wonder (1 Thessalonians 5:6, Hebrews 3:14).  Who should we be watching for with wide-open eyes – if we are still wondering whether if they are ever going to arrive or not?  How long do we wait before walking away?

Jesus will return in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52).  If we’re still wondering whether the things we’ve heard about the Son of man are really true – just like with some after Christ was born (lead verse), it will be too late then.  Any unresolved doubt we have now, may cast us out then – and we will have forever to wonder why we are not in heaven.

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