Christmas · Meditations

Following Yonder Star

Wise men from the east saw the Star and knew it was time. They had studied the prophecies for years! The Messiah had arrived. They journeyed far, and for many, many months. Perhaps even years. They sought Him with all their hearts. We have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. And worship they did. After all that searching, after an encounter with a rather conniving king, after consultation with rather ignorant scribes, the Star came through and lead them to Jesus. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Can you imagine it? This bunch of men, perhaps even a caravan of these wealthy noblemen from the east enter the house. Maybe Joseph stood protectively in front of his little family, ready to save them from theses strange intruders; Mary probably clutched her Son in her arms, holding Him tight to shield her Boy from the nocturnal invaders. Imagine the surprise on their faces as the men fall to their knees to worship a little Boy! It was the Savior! They knew it instantly, and wasted no time falling down with their faces to the floor, praising their Lord and Savior. It’s a quaint picture, isn’t it? These full grown men, richly attired, lying prostrate on the ground in reverence to a Child in little more than rags. Imagine the extreme rejoicing tempered by awe as they presented Him with His Christmas presents: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They worshipped the Lord because He fulfilled His promise and sent a Savior to redeem them.
It’s a message that will outlast the ages; it’s a cause for eternal rejoicing; it’s a love so amazing, deep, incomprehensible. So why, why do we treat it as a triviality? You know, wise men still seek Him. Wise men still rejoice in the Truth, in the Life, in the Love. Wise men still thirst for the Living Water, hunger for the Bread of Life. Wise men still adore the innocence and purity of the Baby Jesus.
The gospel is meant for Christians as well as the lost in the world. The lost can look to the gospel for salvation; Christians can look to the gospel and remember the wonder of their salvation. Let’s go back to the gospel, remember the depth of His love; let’s remember how underserving we truly are, and how powerful His redemption is! Let’s make the trek to see the Child. Turn your gaze to the Cross. Fall down and worship the King. Worthy is the Lamb!

“Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him… And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
~Matthew 2:2,11

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