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.”
Matthew 2 : 1 – 2
A week ago today we were celebrating Jesus raising from the dead. Today, we start the story thirty-four years earlier at the birth of our Saviour, when the wise men were inspired to travel east to what is commonly known as the Star of Bethlehem.
Last week, on Easter Sunday, countless millions of Christians across this troubled world were equally inspired not just by the star that rose a few decades earlier at the birth of Jesus but in his resurrection as a guiding light to see us through these challenging times. This gives us a sure and certain hope that we can have confidence for the future – even during these difficult and dark days for families and societies across the world.
I’ve been drawn to the night sky a lot more in recent weeks and can’t help but wonder how excited the magi must have felt on their journey to Bethlehem to worship the new born Kings of Kings! In these darker days, I am trying to remember the awe and wonder I felt as a new Christian (many years ago!) and follow that bright star as I am reminded of Scripture that ‘light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’.
Prayer: Heavenly Loving Father, we give you thanks for the light that shines in our lives, a bright light that the wise men were inspired by at the birth of our Saviour all those years ago. Lord, we pray that your light will continue to shine in our lives during the happy times and during the troubling moments that we experience. Be with us this day as we try to be a light to our families, our communities and to the world during these days of uncertainty. Amen.
Action: If it’s possible during this period of lockdown, look up to the clear night sky and try to imagine what it must have been like to be the magi inspired to travel to worship the birth of Jesus. Try to be as inspired as them this week as we worship God and shine a light to those around us who need our compassion, our care and our courage.