|The Three Wise Men Follow The Star of Christ|
The Magi Visit the Messiah"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. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route."
WERE I ONE OF THE WISE MEN
Were I one the Wise Men that came from afar
Seeking for Christ in the Heavenly Star,
My finest riches I would bring
To lay before the Lord, my King.
I would sacrifice my life
To give my priceless gifts to Christ.
I would travel many miles
Through endless storms and fiery trials;
Face many dangers, toiling hard
Just to give my gifts to God.
Over mountains I would climb
Falling down time after time,
But getting up and moving on;
The journey would seem ever long;
But always there to lead and guide,
The Star of Christ up in the sky.
Always to rejoice the heart,
The Star of Christ to light the dark.
Were I one of the Wise Men that journeyed far
That never took their eyes from the Star--
When tempted to trade their gifts for sin,
They never took their eyes from Him--
And if their journey took many years
They never gave up through doubts and fears;
They clung to God’s promise revealed in the Star,
To their love for Christ, the King of their heart.
They clung to their hope in Christ their Dream;
Someday to Him their gifts they would bring.
Someday at last they would find the place
Where they would see Jesus face to face.
Adoration of the Magi by Gentile da Fabriano
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the priceless gift of Your Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Please give us the undivided hearts of passionate love for our Savior that the Magi Kings displayed for Christ when they left all to follow His Star to give Him their precious treasures. These foreign kings seemed more devoted to the promises prophesied in Your word than some of Your own people.
The passage of two thousand years has not tarnished their example of faith and love for You. May You give us such hearts to serve You in passionate commitment, come what may, on our own journey to meet You someday face to face. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen
"Were I One Of The Wise Men" Copyright 2012 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Unto The Least Of These
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