Day 21: Visitors from the East

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.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

In these verses we are introduced to intriguing characters. In this version they’re referred to as ‘Magi’ (which means magician). However, they are often referred to as Wise Men or kings. Tradition tells us that there were three of them and that their names were Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar. We know very little about them.

A lot of time could be spent on trying to figure out the details. We could search for the answers to questions such as, ‘who were they?’, ‘what did they do?’, ‘where did they come from?’, etc. But, is that the best use of our time? Perhaps not. Does it really matter that we don’t know the answers to those questions? Perhaps not, although if your anything like me these sorts of questions being answered does seem important! In fact, I researched those sorts of questions in preparation for this post…

From my perspective, though, if God felt it important that we know all the ins and outs then we would have all that information. So, then, what could we conclude is important in these verses? Well, the mysterious visitors, from the East, were seeking. They were seeking the answer to a very important question. They were seeking Jesus. They needed and wanted to know where He was. Their aim? To worship Him. How did they find out about Jesus? They witnessed His star rising in the East and followed the star to Jerusalem.

The visitors knew what they were seeking, and why. Is there anything you are seeking? Why?

This is part 21 of 31 daily reflections for the month of December 2017.

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