January 6, 2019
"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.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: "'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 be the shepherd of my people Israel.”’ 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. 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 and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route." (Matthew 2:1-12 NIV)
The Magi, the “Wise Men” followed a star to come to Jesus. They were Gentiles, like many of us. If we think about how it is that we or perhaps our ancestors came to follow Jesus, it was not by a star, but by someone preaching, teaching, telling, talking about Jesus and what he did for us. Obviously, the Magi or people in their country or countries had to learn about the King of the Jews in the same way.
That Word of God is the true light that came into the world, personified in Jesus Christ, as we read in John chapter 1.
This Epiphany season, and always, of course, let us be a light for Jesus Christ that his light may bring others to faith in the only Savior of mankind.
O God, who by the leading of a star manifested Thine only-begotten Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we, who know Thee now by faith, may after this life share the fruits of thy glorious Godhead. This we ask through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.
Reprinted from Epiphany, 2013