Encounter stories are widely seen throughout the Scriptures – times when Heaven and Earth narrows and the glory of God is revealed. We read about encounter stories in the life of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Elijah, Jehoshaphat, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Daniel, the Apostles and certainly in the book of Revelation. Encounter moments are transformative. They are both blissful and terrifying, yet always addictive, and always full of joy. Encounter moments pop up all over the Christmas story: Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and here in our text this Sunday, the Magi. This morning we examine why these encounter moments that are so impactful and so life-altering in our faith journey.