Tonight I will share a short teaching with you about our beautiful and love filled Savior, Jesus Christ the only Son of the Living God. Our Lord is a generous God and in His perfect giving nature, gave us His only Son. It was the Lord Himself Who told us in Acts 20:35b ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ And in His generous and giving nature let us begin…
Two thousand years ago, a strange but awesome sign appeared in the sky. It was bright and steady. It was a star (John 12:46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness).
When it moved, it moved slowly so as to guide those far off who were seeking its meaning and gazing in wonder. (Matthew 2:9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was). Isn’t it interesting to observe that no one else saw the star. This event is only recorded in Matthews Gospel account. How wonderful and exciting this event would become forever.
How interesting it is to note that this heavenly phenomenon did not destroy the earth as “stars” gravity and tremendous heat would have done. But instead, this star was a guide and a marker in the sky to lead those seeking the Messiah to Him. How high in the sky was this star? How could this star be seen all the way to the land of the east? Wouldn’t the horizon and the line of sight have prevented it from being seen from so far a land away? The Shepherds didn’t see it, Herod and his people didn’t see it. This was truly a supernatural occurrence.
Let us go back in time and draw a comparison…
Approximately 1700 years before the star over Bethlehem shone in the heavens, A friend of God, Abraham, sent his children off to the land of the east (Genesis 25:6 But while he was still living, he gave gifts to the sons of his concubines and sent them away from his son Isaac to the land of the east). Could it be that these Magi were likely descendants of their ancestor Abraham who was the father of many nations as is recorded in Genesis 17:4? Could it also be that since Abraham gave these ancestors gifts the gift-giving tradition, Which they followed, that this tradition could be evidence of their lineage? Remember also that it is written in (Genesis 12:1 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you). It appears that this same message had been given to the Magi. Remember, Abraham had made this journey almost 1700 years earlier and he had extended family there. The Lord also told Abraham that (I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you. Genesis 12:3) I would also like to mention here that Mary, in her song of praise mentioned Abraham (“to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:55) interesting stuff.
When the Magi arrived on the scene they in fact did bless the Lord by giving gifts of royalty.
Note***(1-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).
What a blessing to have a people like the Magi who were so focused that they left their family and way of life to seek the one they called “King of the Jews”. How did they know He was King? Who told them? God of course, the Holy Spirit spoke to them in their dreams (And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route, Matthew 2:12).
My dear friends, how focused are we on Christ? How willing are we to “follow Him”? How willing are we to give gifts befitting a king? It is written in (John 4:10A Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink,)…My friends what a Gift we have in Christ…He came in the flesh (John 1:14), as a baby (Luke 2:7), born of the virgin (Isaiah 7:14), He left His Throne to be here with us and to do the Fathers Will.
We must be like the Magi. We must seek Him and follow Him. We must glorify Him as they did. We must be willing to sacrifice our time and our assets to Him who is Worthy and make the journey to Christ the King of kings.
Note***They brought Him 3 precious gifts; Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The fact that there were 3 gifts could signify that there were 3 Magi accompanied by their entourage that would have been extensive.
Let’s look at the word Magi for a moment, what does it mean? It is defined as being a noun and having the meaning of “King makers”, it is also defined as an ancient priest of Media and Persia. We will look at many other specific items as well this evening such as: How long was their journey, was Jesus in a manger when they arrived, how old was Jesus at this time, what is the significance of the gifts and what is the significance of three gifts?
For more on this Christmas story write to us. Until then…May you be blessed “in” Christ Jesus, our risen Lord God.