Sunday 23 December, 2012

Matthew 2:1-6

2 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. 2 They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? When we were in the east, we saw his star. Now we have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. 4 So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Christ was going to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said, 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah. A ruler will come out of you. He will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’”

Wise men, kings, men from the east? Whatever or whoever these men were – they were watching…they were alert…they were expectant…they were on the move. We are given very little detail about them but they make it into the Christmas narrative. The

re is much to be learned from all those in this story. There must have been so many distractions on a journey from so far away – so many interesting alternate destinations, so many fascinating reasons to detour on this journey. But they came, they sought, they found

and they worshipped the King of Kings.

Oh God there are so many distractions that can keep me from seeking you. Like these wise men – may I be single minded in seeking you – not stopping till I find you and fall to my knees in worship of the King of Kings.

Written by Ps. Linda Quinn

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