“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 2:1,2
What would the Christmas season be without the story of the famous Magi? Tradition builds into this idea that there were three kings, but this is not stated in the Bible. It was possibly a caravan, a host of individuals. The Magi obviously came from the east and could have traveled as far as 2,000 miles. I think they’re Jewish from Babylonia and remnants of Jews from Daniel’s era returning to Israel. They would have been experienced in those days as representatives from the great empire to the east, and they would have been looked upon as scientists capable of reading and following the stars.
Imagine they followed this star into the great city of Jerusalem. When they arrived, enshrouded in mystery, they would have also been viewed as educators and carriers of ancient wisdom and history. Their entourage would have included a menagerie of animals, wealth, people, and some soldiers. The locals inquired, “What is going on? Who are these people?” Remember the question they asked? “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?”
Friend, can you imagine their celebration when they found Jesus in the small village of Bethlehem, which would have been a community of 300 to 400 people? They brought wealthy gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But more than that, there was food, celebration, and tremendous joy! We, too, can experience this joy — as wise women and men; let’s seek Jesus and allow an encounter with Him to bless our lives as never before!
Father, thank you for the fact that Jesus coming into the world can bring me joy and change my life.
Do you seek to encounter Jesus in your life daily? How can you bless Jesus with your wealth and gifts?
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