“… And there, ahead of them, went the star…”
Gospel: Luke 2: 1-12
1 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
The wise men came from the east following a star. They were seeking a child who they understood to be King of the Jews. When Herod heard of this he was frightened and tried to trick the wise men into leading him to the child so he could kill Him. They continued to follow the star until it lead them to Jesus. They brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
Which character are you in the story?
Are you Herod? Angry, frightened and suspicious of Jesus. Attached to worldly power and wealth. Only interested in your own corner of the world.
Are you one of the wise men? Diligently and patiently searching for Jesus. Trustingly following a new star when they have no idea where it is leading you. Reading as much as you can to learn more about this new born king. Alive with hope and wonder, yet wise and humble enough to kneel at the foot of this tiny baby.
Or are you the star? Brightly shining with Gods glory! Radiating interest and wonder. Patiently and slowly leading people to Jesus. Lighting the way for them through their dark nights, and making your-self easy to find during the day. Going at their pace, not yours.
It is worth remembering that wise men still seek Jesus today you know…!
- Who am I a Star to?
- Who is my Star?
- What gift can I give to Jesus?
Help me lead my family to you. Help me do this in my thoughts, words and actions.
The closer I get to you, the easier it is for me to lead others to you. Help me draw closer to you.
I love You Jesus, Amen.