Journal Entry: January 2, 2004
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2, NIV)
They left their homeland in order to find the Christ child. They studied ancient scrolls for several years and knew of the impending birth.
They traveled the deserts following a star. When they got lost, a king put them on track again. This king had an evil heart and tried to deceive the travelers into thinking he, also, wanted to worship the Christ child. An angel showed them a safe way home.
We, also, have to “leave our homes” and step outside our borders in order to find Christ. We have to refrain from our worldly ways and want in order to begin following Jesus.
Like the Magi, we travel our lives trying to follow a guide. In our journeys we will have times of falling off course and then asking the wrong persons how to get back on track.
Just like the Magi, we receive help from God delivered through various ways. The Magi’s help came through an angel. Our help may come through another person, a sermon. a friend, or from a Christian author.
Sometimes, I feel I am walking where no one has been before; it’s at these times I find I am wrong. God has repeatedly led His children through the same ‘unknown’ territory. He does this to either teach us or reward us.
He rewarded the Magi for their efforts. He allowed them to see the Christ child. These men were educated men, knowledgeable of the beliefs of this land they visited. They knew the proper respect for the Messiah.
When they found the child, they humbled themselves (bowed down) and worshipped Him. Don’t you think, once we find Him, we should do the same?
UPDATE: By the date, you can tell I wrote this almost eleven years ago. If I were to rewrite this, I would include something about how the Magi humbled themselves by the very act of bowing down before Jesus. Each morning, as I begin my prayers, I feel humbled that I can go before the King of Kings and talk to Him, ask His guidance and protection and present requests to the Son of the Most High. Most of the time, I find myself worshipful as I enter into a time of prayer. How do you feel when you enter into prayer, into God’s presence?
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