from Lynda Lindsey
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:16-17
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 in the east and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place were the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:9-10
Magi, Wise Men, or astrologers following the star most likely numbered a large company, not just three men. Their mission? They followed a star to the place where the King of the Jews was in order to worship Him; that alone would qualify them to be called wise. The Magi followed a star, the bright Morning Star, the Root and Offspring of David, the star long promised. After a long, hopeless, sleepless night, the morning star announces daybreak is at hand; just so Jesus, after long days and nights of darkness and hopelessness, announces salvation is at hand.
Messiah, Savior, the long awaited One has come. And such a One who has come! No aloof, unapproachable King is He. This One from whom flows the water of life has come to dwell with us, live among us, be one of us. And he invites, calls, cries out, “Come!” Come! Come, ye thirsty. Come, take the free gift of the water of life from the ever flowing fountain of Life. Come! Follow Jesus and come! Follow Jesus and bow down in worship and praise for fresh flowing fountains of life giving water.
Follow Jesus. Don’t get sidetracked. The journey is long. Many obstacles must be overcome. Refuse to follow lesser lights. Refuse deception. Be willing to let God reroute the journey. The Magi, heeding God’s warning, returned home by a different route after discovering Herod’s attempted chicanery. Listen carefully. Be discerning. Not every voice crying out, “Come!” is genuine. Like jewelers trained to distinguish precious jewels from fakes, carefully sift all voices for truth. Above all, persist. Don’t give up. Keep focused. Stay the course. Hear that sound? Jesus is calling, “Come!” Run through the wide open door and find joy in the journey!