Tidings for Tuesday

Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. Matthew 2:2

As part of the annual Christmas concert put on each year at the one-room MacLeod School in West New Annan, we always included a recreation of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Part of the nativity scene we put together always included a trio of wise men. There is nothing surprising in that, most Christmas pageants include the trio of wise men, even though there is nothing in Scripture to support the idea that there were three of them, and there is conclusive proof that the wise men were nowhere near Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. But despite the myths and traditions, those Magi had a few things straight: they acknowledged that a King was born, that a star had indicated His birth, and that the King was deserving of worship.

Scholars have attempted to figure out who the Magi were, what the star they followed was, and how they came up with the truth that the King of the Jews was born. Nobody really knows. So let’s go with what our text tells us, with what the Magi did know for sure.

The birth of a King was indeed worth noting. In my lifetime, I have seen the great attention paid to the births of Prince Charles and Prince William, who were both born to be kings, and to the birth of George, the first child of William and Katherine. These will all assume, for a relatively short time, the British throne. But the One Whose birth the Magi marked was born to be King forever. He is our King.

Why should a star not announce the birth of the King of Kings? The Infant laid in Bethlehem’s manger was the Creator and Sustainer, the One Who created every star. Creation must acknowledge Him, even though the rebel race of humanity fails to do so. Like the stars, let us acknowledge that He is King.

The Magi travelled far to reach the new King, and to offer Him gifts. They desired to worship Him. It is still true that wise men still seek and worship Him. And why not? Not only is He the only King worth acknowledging, but He is the only King Who laid aside His glory that He might bring us into His kingdom.

The wise men sought guidance to the birthplace of the Lord Jesus from the wrong sources at first. They just couldn’t understand how everybody wouldn’t be as excited about the new King as they were. But the star guided them, just as the Holy Spirit guided us to our meeting with our Saviour. It’s still hard to believe that everybody isn’t as ready to worship Him as we are. -Jim MacIntosh

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