1. The shepherds
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
God gave them a sign.
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
God gave him a revelation.
3. The Magi
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
God gave them some Scripture and a special star.
A giving God’s nature
20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
A giving God’s promise
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
A giving God’s invitation
6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.