After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 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.”
(Matthew 2:1-2 NIV)
It’s that time of year when Christmas comes alive again. Beautiful Christmas decorations, heartwarming Christmas songs and captivating Christmas movies usher in that wonderful time of year. But sadly with every passing year, these things tend to become more of a tradition (and a distraction) than a celebration of the One important person this season is all about: Jesus. When the Magi from the east saw His star rise, they set out to find Him so they could worship Him. Historians and theologians tell us that it took the wise men up to two years to find Jesus after He was born and when they did, they presented Him with gifts and worshipped Him. The wise men allowed the celestial sign to lead them to the King rather than to distract them from Him. And after a long pursuit, they eventually found Him.
Today the quest continues. In the midst of the busyness and noise of the season, wise men and women try to find “the one who has been born king of the Jews.” Thankfully, He can still be found. If we follow the star of Bethlehem, it can help lead us back to the King of the Jews, so that we too may worship Him.
The wise still seek Him.