We saw His star and have come to worship Him.
Matthew 2:1-2 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 who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2: 9-11 …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…
God attracted the Wisemen with a HOPE
The wise men from the East (also known as the Magi) were followers of stars. Some historians believe these were the same company of wise men that Daniel was put in charge of in Daniel 5:11. These men were astrologers (forbidden by God Daniel 4:4-8; 19). It was out of their seeking the stars that God called them. How many people seeking answers and hope in many different and sometimes sinful areas that God is calling them.
A star, a song, an observation, trouble, pain, someone’s life? What caught your eye to seek something more from God. How did God place in you the thought of seeking a savior or challenging you to some deeper walk or service to Him?
Truths about the Wisemen we can use
Some truths concerning these wise men that we must consider as we seek to fulfill the calling of the Holy Spirit to come and see in a new way Christ the Lord.
The Wisemen were already searching…
Historians tell us the king of the Medes had been dethroned because of poor leadership and the Wisemen were looking for a new king. In this searching for a new leader in the stars God allows a supernatural star to appear that gets their attention. Something begins to spark in their spirit. “This could be a sign of a great King”.
The Wisemen left their comfort to follow the star.
I wonder how many Wisemen saw this star but decided not to follow? It is one thing to be attracted in your heart of something Godly. But it is a different thing to decide to follow this inward desire. The wise men followed without proof except for a belief that God was calling them to something wonderful…a new King. To follow a new path you must sacrifice some normal routines. You must place effort in this new path and push against the normal desires to return to your comfortable habits.
Hunger and Faith for the unknown blessing from God.
As the Wisemen followed, I am sure a growing hunger in their hearts kept them pushing through difficult, frustrating and seeming slow progress toward the goal. But the star reminds them of the promise and the internal reward of fulfilling their hunger to find this new King. On they went…looking up…pushing away the thoughts of turning around.
Sometimes you cannot see the star…tested. “Where is the King born?” The Wisemen were tested. Not always seeing the star they begin to ask others and the ruling king about the star and the baby king. Of course, no one saw the star and the whole town was troubled by their questions. (Matthew 2:3 “ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. )
But the Wisemen still believed and looked up and soon the star reappeared and led them to the child Jesus.
And when they saw Him…
Their lives were forever changed. They worshiped Christ and gave gifts. Something was also birthed in their heart that morning. All because they noticed something from God in their searching for more. The path leads to the source of all hope, peace, forgiveness, and future.
Is God trying to get your attention?
Are you a wise person? Have you noticed something attracting your spirit to seek something new in Christ? Maybe you do not know Christ by something is pulling at your heart to travel toward this calling. Make the trip. Take the challenge. Follow the star.
To find something new in Christ the Holy Spirit calls. You must decide to follow this hunger. Let it grow in you. Give up something comfortable to seek this desire. Maybe it is more prayer, bible reading. More church commitment. Whatever it is, leave and follow this calling. Fight the battle to quit. The path will lead you to a miracle of a deeper knowledge and experience of Christ. You will find your treasure that will brighten your lightnside .