Journeying through the Christmas Story – Day 19

December 19

Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 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.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

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. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

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Devotional – Marilou Cuison (Office Manager)

I would often ask myself if I have followed the right ‘star’ in my lifetime. Just like the magi who travelled far from the east, I have also come from a foreign land. But unlike the magi, I was more interested in earthly gain. The magi have come to give gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus. I was quite impressed with how generous the magi could be. I admire their unwavering faith. I was inspired by their intense desire to see Jesus.

I realised I have always followed the ‘star’ that would lead me to a greener pasture. In spite of all the money and the good life, I would have still felt a lack. As I humbled myself unto God, He then revealed to me the ‘star’ that leads to Him. That ‘star’ had been sitting in my heart this whole time. It was the desire to worship and serve Him. As I delve on this, I would always find it in my heart to give.

For me, the most astounding example of giving is clearly evident from the birth through the death of our Lord Jesus. I cannot think of anyone who can top this. This act of giving is absolutely beyond belief.

The wise men who paid homage to infant Jesus knew how to follow that bright star. The star, in its royal beauty, was the sign that the King of the Jews had been born. With their most precious gifts they have come from afar to worship Him.

I pray that it will be our heart’s desire to worship the Lord with everything that we have. May we also always be willing to go through great distances just to be in His presence. May our faith in Him be strengthened as we continually hear His words. Let our stars rise and head towards the direction of our King.