I am sure some of you or maybe all of you are saying, “Christmas is over!! Why are you still talking about it?” Though this devotion is posting on 1/7/19, I am writing on Sunday, the 6th. I originally intended to include the Christmas Star in the symbols of Christmas that I shared the week of Christmas. However, I thought about it, prayed about it and considered what happened with that star. I decided it should be posted on/near January 6th – the Epiphany.
The word epiphany means revelation; a revealing. “The Epiphany” is the day that Christians all over the world remember the Wise Men who visited Jesus as a small child. Many people wait to add the wise men in their nativity until January 6th. The wise men’s visit revealed Him as a very important person and His birth as a very significant event.
The Christmas Star
According to Scripture, the star we are calling the Christmas Star was discovered by these wise men. Soon after they discovered it they began traveling toward it. That is how they found Jesus, right?! It took them a very long time to make this journey.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw His star when it rose and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judah, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.'”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found Him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship Him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the Child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense
andmyrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
King of the Jews
It is pretty amazing that these men traveled so far to worship a king that, to their knowledge, would have no influence over their lives at all. Obviously, God had moved on their hearts to follow this amazing star so they could worship this Child King.
Worship the King
He is no longer a baby, huh? After the wise men left, Jesus continued on to live a sinless perfectly holy life. Then, He died for us, to pay for our sin, on a Roman cross. Though they may not have known who He was, we as believers do know who He is and who He was then.
We are so blessed to live in a time when we can open God’s Word and read about these things. I am so thankful for His love and how He reveals Himself to us in His Word – His ways, His character, His plan… Let us worship our Great King as those wise men did when they followed that Christmas Star!
Thank You, Lord, for Your beautiful Word!!
Things to Ponder:
- Do you ever wish you were born in a different time? I have in the past. Since God put us in the world at this time, we have full access to His Word. What a beautiful treasure and gift we have in His Word!
- Isn’t it amazing how we have traditions that we have followed for generations and may not even know why we keep them? May we grab hold of traditions that remind us of this great loving and living God. And may we use our traditions even to teach our children about Him.
- How do the gifts the wise men brought impact you? They were gifts of great value, right? May we give Him our best as we live out each day. May we give Him the joyful worship and unchallenged love that He so deserves from us!