We Saw His Star As It Rose

Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:

‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah,
    are not least among the ruling cities of Judah,
for a ruler will come from you
    who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.

Reflection

On the night of Jesus’ birth a confluence of cosmic and earthly events drew together to form a tapestry of astonishing beauty, telling the story of divine glory and the salvation of God come to earth in the form of a baby. Over the preceding days the night sky served as a beacon of summons, a messenger of hope to three wise men from the East. God speaks to these men of distant land and faith through the most ancient of his creations – the stars.

Here is another example of the widening scope of God’s salvation. In this story we see the significance of a single star guiding the worship of three strangers, but these strangers also find themselves among the multitude of stars promised to Abraham. Though they aren’t of earthly bloodline, they become descendants of the story of God through the ages.

Again we see a story of people distant from God’s nation and yet called into his story because their hearts were open to his voice. And when they reach their destination after many days and many miles, they have no other response to the work of God’s hand than to bow down and worship the new King. 

God appears to them again on another night in another dream, warning them of Herod’s plan and redirecting their path, and again they follow, demonstrating their complete trust in his voice. God’s word is mighty to bring about wonders of worship and salvation, and the constant provision of his plan.

Prayer:

Open your heart to the voice of God calling you to places unknown, so that when you arrive at his destination, you too will be filled with joy and worship.

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  1. Oliver John Hind
    Oliver John Hind says:

    Just realized they saw his star as it arose guided and stopped. A unique star with a specific once only path. Wonderfulness.

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