2015-12-10 - Wherever It Went
Matt 2:2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
A popular Christmas carol is The First Noel. At the risk of dating myself my first recollection of hearing this song as a child is hearing it performed by Jim Nabors and Burl Ives.
While there is no indication in the Matthew, the only appearance of the story of the star announcing the birth of Jesus, that the star was a very bright object. It would have had to persist for some time. It is possible that the Maji would have traveled for as long as a year to arrive in Bethlehem. There is no indication how many traveled in their caravan. Was the star a comet? An angel? A planetary conjunction? We may never know in this life.
This is the important thought - that they followed the star from a great distance at the risk of their lives and great cost to find the king that prophecy had promised. Jesus laid aside his glory and put on human flesh to save His children. He walked dusty roads doing miracles and telling everyone that God the Father loved them. Another long journey.
How far are we willing to travel? What are we willing to risk to find and learn more about the King of the Jews? The story begins to unfold in a manger in the ancient city of Bethlehem. This is the first step in the redemption of the fallen race of mankind. The roads of our daily lives are not always dusty. But there are moments in our days when our paths cross with others where we can either show or tell that other person in our encounter that God is real and that He loves them. He came to be born in a manger, lived a sinless life and died in our place to pay for sin, crush the power of death and open the way to eternal life for anyone who will come.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.