Dec2MonDecember 2, 2019
Matthew 2:10-11 – When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. (NIV)
Through the many years on being involved and attending Christmas pageants, I have come to appreciate the story of Jesus birth more with each successive year. Lately, I have been thinking more about the wise men or magi. Reflecting on the purpose of the magi's visit, one can wonder about what their divine place in this magnificent birth story was. People assume today that they were likely well educated wealthy astronomers as they brought expensive gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, all fit for a king. The question is: Why did they come?
The magi were looking for a baby born who was to be king. This caused King Herod distress and made him feel threatened. In being aware of the prophecy concerning the Messiah, Herod's court directed the wise men to Bethlehem. They followed the star all the way there.
In the sanctuary on one of the Advent banners at Oakridge Presbyterian Church, there is a star. This star reminds us of the wise men who were guided by a star. What does the star that guided the wise men tell us? The wise men had divine guidance through the star. As those wise men had guidance from God then, we too, have the Holy Spirit to guide us throughout life until we reach our eternal home.
Is it wonderful as we read about the wise men that the message of the birth of this new King was not limited to the people of Israel but was sent worldwide to foreigners as well! In other words, God's gift of salvation is offered to everyone!
We can identify with the Magi because their journey represents all of us who journey through life seeking King Jesus and worshiping Him! We are called to offer Jesus our gifts and our lives. Born a child and yet our King!
God bless you and your family through this advent season and into the new year.