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Astonishing, yet true

Every year TIME magazine names a person of the year. It is the person they consider had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year.  The Person of the Year 2016 is Donald Trump, as they say on the cover, “President of the Divided States of America”.

What’s astonishing is that is that this real estate baron and casino owner, who became a reality-TV star, who never spent a day in public office, is now president-elect of the USA.  

Donald Trump lives in the Penthouse on 3 floors in the very expensive and upmarket Trump Towers in New York overlooking Central Park.  And yet he won the hearts of the American working class who could never ever afford this kind of luxury.

It’s astonishing.  And yet it’s true.

Christianity is also astonishing and true as it makes an astonishing claim; a true claim we celebrate every Christmas.  In fact, it is a blasphemous claim; if it were not true: Christianity claims that the man Jesus was and is God.  Christianity claims that Jesus Christ was fully human with flesh and bones; and he was also fully God.

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Why the wise men were wise

There is a remarkable account of what happened a few years after Jesus’s birth.  This account tells us about Jesus’ being a King and it is the visit of the magi or wise men.

The wise men were not Jewish, but they were revered, learned men who had heard of the ancient Jewish prophecy of the coming of a great king.

The wise men certainly did many wise things: