After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory—this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We are on pilgrimage to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 (MSG)
A band of scholars
This is more people not just three wise men as portrayed in the traditional images we are accustomed to in the earlier bible translations. A band suggests a group of more than three people.
The group asks, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King?” They had traveled some distance to pay their respects and to honor the newborn King, Jesus
Imagine that you are one of the people traveling in the band to a place far away to pay homage to a newborn king. Miraculously, a star appears that outshines all the others to guide us to the manger. We start our trek from the east, following the star. It will take us a long time to arrive and encounter a toddler and his parents. Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.
In in our modern lives how much are we willing to sacrifice to continue the real search for this king, regardless of our circumstances or problems? Are we eager and devoted to search for King Jesus today?
Jesus desires for us to have a heart that seeks Him.
A heart that is willing to continue to follow any sign that points to Him this Christmas and into the future. Remember that it is always about seeking Jesus no matter what life throws at us. Whatever 2022 did for you – positive or negative – you still need to stay on the path of looking for King Jesus. We all should give Him the respect He deserves for what He has done for us.
There is more to the story. Keep searching and the Lord will be with you to guide your steps.
Merry Christmas from all of us …the Elders, Council, Worship Team, and Pastoral Team. We are praying that your family time is filled with joy and hope.