Be sure to take some time today to pray for Hyland Heights as Pastor Carl has requested we do on Tuesdays.

“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

Reflection

Part of the Christmas story so familiar that we might as well glaze over when we read these words and yet we do at the risk of missing a beautiful image of devotion, seeking, worship and fulfillment found in Jesus. We have Magi (maybe three kings but certainly coming from the east!) who are convinced that the star they have seen in the sky represents something significant, something worth a journey and bringing gifts.

They are committed to finding the one who has been born, even asking other people where he can be found. There is a commitment in the direction of seeking out this new baby so that they can worship him. They bring gifts, they bring their adoration and they bring their recognition that he is a special baby that many generations have been waiting for.

Ultimately they find Jesus and their devotion, seeking and worship are fulfilled in Jesus. They were right to be devoted to this new king because He is the King above all kings. They were right to seek Him because He is the one who has come to save His people from their sins. They were right to worship Him because He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Response

Are there parts of the Christmas story that have become so familiar to you that they’ve lost their significance?

Do you have your own story of devotion, seeking and worship that led you to meeting Jesus?

How can we help our church bring their gifts to Jesus this weekend?

Prayer

God who is with us, we remember the story of the Magi and we are inspired by their devotion and how they sought for the one they were looking for. We are grateful that they found Jesus and brought Him their gifts and that they story is captured forever in scripture. Thank You that we can come to worship You together just the way those wise men did over 2000 years ago. Amen.

Pastor Tim Fus