from Lynda Lindsey
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
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 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 where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:7-10
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. Revelation 22:16
Many families announce the arrival of a newborn baby by sending birth announcements to friends and relatives. However, only one baby has ever had a special star suspended in the heavens to announce his birth: Jesus Christ! Magi from the east saw, and followed, this star, traveling great distances to bring the newborn King worship, gifts and offerings.
King Herod and all Jerusalem with him, was greatly disturbed by the Magi’s journey to find and honor a new king. Herod, for many reasons, feared losing his kingdom, his great power and his position should it be true that a new king had been born. Herod schemed and connived, trying to find and kill the baby king. Ultimately Herod ordered the deaths of innocent baby boys in Bethlehem to avoid a future takeover.
After encountering Herod, the Magi continued their journey; the star led them straight to the place where Jesus was. They were overjoyed! They fell down in adoration and worship. They presented gifts to King Jesus: gold, incense, and myrrh. The Magi, obeying a warning in a dream, returned to their country by a different route, avoiding Herod. Wise men saw and followed the star. Herod, blinded by self ambition, either couldn’t see the star or chose to ignore it. Yet the star was suspended in the sky. It was there. It is there. The wise men saw. Herod didn’t see. Our choice? Look. Search. See. Follow. Find. Worship. Don’t miss Him. Joy awaits! Jesus, our bright and shining Morning Star, beckons!