Tuesday 5 January, 2022

Matthew 2:1-12

2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 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.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.'” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

These Magi, wise men, must have looked amazing rolling into Jerusalem with their camels, a train of servants and treasures.  They had come because they had been seeking, they had followed the stars, had read prophetic words, and were searching for the one who had been born “King of the Jews”.  A ruler who will shepherd the people Israel.  They did not know who they were looking for, but were seriously seeking and willing to make a long journey in search of this servant King, Jesus.

They even visit the “King” Herod of the land, but he is not who they are seeking.  He has authority and power, but they come in search of a child, born of ordinary parents, in a stable made for cows, no fuss, no pomp, no servants and no ceremony.

It makes we wonder in our “idolatry” focussed world, where you can actually earn a living of being an “influencer”, just by the number of followers you have – how many times we follow the wrong the people.  God will not reveal Himself in the format of the world.  He didn’t over 2,000 years ago and He doesn’t today.  Be careful to stay in the Word, to seek God Himself, to pray and to ensure those around you are helping you in your journey to find the right King.  His name is Jesus.

Lord, help to keep our eyes on you.  As we again celebrate the Christmas message, help us to find YOU, Jesus again in a deeper way.  We want to hear afresh from you.  In Jesus name, Amen

Written by Ps. Sue Botta



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