God had every detail planned out for the arrival of His Son. Our gracious Father was going to come to us in a very intimate and personal way. Jesus’ name is fitting. It means Emmanuel, or God is with us.
While one would think that God would send His Son in all glory and splendor, He chose a different route. God sent His Son to become a helpless, little infant, during a bustling time where the government was wanting a census. People had to return to their home towns and register for it; read Luke 2:1-5. In Bethlehem, all the nice hotel rooms were full. There wasn’t any room in cheap motels either. There was one place left, and it wasn’t even in a building.
The Son of God who was going to become the King of kings arrived amongst animals and dung.
As Jesus made His arrival, most people were oblivious to it. Who would notice? A little baby born amongst cows and sheep while laying in a bed of hay isn’t any reason to stop and take a look.
Unless, we knew that there is more to life than what we see before us in this world. There is a restlessness within each of us which causes us to ponder, question, and seek. Wise men from eastern lands had a stirring in their hearts, and God took notice.
He prepared them by giving them a bright star to follow which would lead them to what their hearts were seeking. Little did they know what God had in store for them, but that didn’t stop them from finding out. So, they departed from their home and left on a journey over 1,000 miles away.
God never stopped leading them.
They arrived in Jerusalem dirty and tired and asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.” This is Matthew 2:1-2.
A stirring heart seeks and finds.
Isn’t it fitting while in a pandemic, God gives us a Christmas star, just like the one when Jesus was born? Last night, many could see a phenomenon that had not happened in over 800 years. Isn’t it fitting that God would remind of us of something biblical as this world continues to decay in its evil ways?
God is with us.
May we have hearts like the wise men. May we seek what our hearts are yearning for. May we see how close God is to us and respond like these men did.
Notice what Luke 2:9-12 says, “The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. it went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with His mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. They opened their treasure chests and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When it was time to leave, they returned to their home by another route.”
This scripture passage teaches us how we are to respond to God when He gives us a star that shines bright.
Did the star last night cause a stirring within you? Are you thirsty to go deeper with God?
First, we see how God goes before us and never leaves us. He is a personal, intimate God. He gives us signs so we will know that it is Him.
Second, how did the wise men feel when they saw the star? They were filled with joy!
The presence of God fills us with joy. His presence lifts our countenance as He ministers to our spirits.
They went before the King of kings who is Jesus, God’s Son. How did they respond, according to verse 11?
Are you responding the same way to God?
We must humble ourselves before Christ. There is no other attitude of the heart that could replace what God has done for man. Humility is key to experiencing God.
We are made to worship the Lord.
We are made to serve the Lord.
We are made to follow the Lord.
We are made to give glory to Him.
There is no other way.
What did the wise men do next? We read that they offered Jesus their very best by bringing Him gifts. These gifts depicted the life of Christ. Gold was for royalty. Frankincense meant Jesus was the High Priest. For Jesus to become the High Priest, He needed the third gift, myrrh.
Jesus became the Lamb of God, the sacrifice for our sins. Go ahead and read why Jesus needed myrrh in Mark 15:23. After spending time with Christ, they returned home changed. We know this because they went home by a different route.
After we spend time in the presence of Christ, we are changed.
While God had a detailed plan set for the wise men, He has a specific plan for you and me. May we respond like the wise men and experience the greatest love story given to man. It all began by following a star and it leads to the greatest treasure ever to be found.