Wise Men still Seek Him.
Imagine this, if you will. You are moving along through life, minding your own business and then ka-boom! a new spectacular star comes into fruition in the sky and you, well to be honest, you do the crazy thing and follow it. You follow the direction this star points to, carrying with you something not only priceless but also physically trekking through and carrying top notch expensive gifts, all in search of the very individual this star is pointing to.
That something priceless you carry – faith. The gift at the end of a wild trek. Jesus.
Can you imagine what those three wise men would have had to endure to reach the feet of toddler Jesus? If a star popped into the sky and you knew where you were headed and it was toward that star and you started walking, would everyone around you think you were sane? How strange others must have thought them to be. . .I often wonder when it comes to Biblical figures what they truly must have gone through to get to their piece of the story. We get the snippet, but what about the whole? What brought them to the door of Mary & Joseph? How did they step out on this quest? What history, what prophetic word did they follow? Who taught them of Jesus? Where exactly did they come from? Were they displaced Hebrews awaiting the Messiah?
What made three men travel a great distance bringing with them expensive gifts to boot. What made them follow a star in the sky, that appeared and remained one to two years after His birth? Did anyone else see the star?
Were they already friends or family? What happened to them when they returned? How did their families react? Were they bonded for the rest of their days because they all three embarked on an improbable faith based adventure? All to see a King with their own eyes. I wonder.
For now, I rely on the Bible’s account. Someday I’m going to have a sit down with those three wise men who struck out to find the King and found Him.
Chat with you tomorrow. xo
p.s. A little bit of the story from the only reliable source about them. . .B.I.B.L.E.
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “ ‘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 shepherd my people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 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, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. 13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.