it’s the monday giggles…
Peace is gazing at the stars with the knowledge you know their creator.
– Author Unknown
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”
Matthew 2: 1-6
Looking up at them I wonder, “Would I have followed the star?”
There are so many stars to gaze upon.
Some brighter than others.
How did the Magi know which one to follow?
(Perhaps I may have felt more confident had I earned that Astronomy badge in Girl Scouts.)
Some say this is why they were considered the three Wise men.
These men were wise indeed, not because they knew ‘which star to follow,’ but because they were seeking after Christ!
What could we better do in this world than to seek after Christ? The wise men thought all other pursuits of small account compared with this.
The search to worship Jesus Christ is all out of proportion to anything else we may do in life.
And quite simply – makes you want to sing from the rooftops, “Come follow along, too!”
And these men were wise men because they refused to worship empty-handed.
After their audience with the king they set out. And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2: 9-11
Everyone knows that gifts have something to do with Christmas; but, after that, there is often times mass confusion. However, if we read the Christmas story carefully, we find that the wise men did not exchange gifts with one another. They gave gifts to Christ.
The lesson here is that true recognition of Jesus Christ will ever be attended by the spontaneous surrender of our best to Him!
And this gives us much to sing about!