Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:1-2 NKJV
The Bible clearly states the wise men came after the birth of Christ, so they were not at the Nativity.
However, the star, “His star”, was in the sky proclaiming His arrival.
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11 NKJV
The birth of Christ Jesus was a well announced event.
First, an angel, proclaimed to Mary and Joseph, an angel spoke to the shepherds and then a choir of angels sang.
Second, those same shepherds share the good news all over.
Third, His star proclaims His birth and it doesn’t show up just once, but leads these wise men who travel first to the palace of King Herod.
Then, they continue on their journey to Bethlehem.
The Bible doesn’t say exactly where they came from, only the direction, but we know these men went out of their way to travel to see the King of the Jews.
Why did they travel so far?
saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:2 NKJV
They came to worship.
Part of that worship including bring gifts.
With only five days before Christmas let us not miss this important piece of the birth of Christ.
We too should worship.
We too should give gifts, but not to only to our friends and family.
Our hearts should be open to giving to God.
The best gift we can give is our sincere and complete love and devotion.
Although the Bible doesn’t tell us more about these wise men, I feel comfortably certain their lives were never the same after meeting Jesus.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for coming as a babe and growing into the Son of man Who would save us from our sins. Lord, everything about Your birth is astounding. May we never grow so familiar with the story that we lose our sense of wonder and our appreciation for Your sacrifice. Lord Jesus, I again give You myself and humbly request You do as You see fit. For there is no greater joy than to serve You daily. Thank You so much for salvation. Amen.