A joyful reminder of the story of Christmas from the vantage point of the Wise Men.
As they follow the Star
I love the Christmas story. Each recorded detail of it has drama, warmth, and romance. Who would have thought that non-Jewish, Eastern foreigners would play a lead part? They certainly had developed sensitivity to the mystical and supernatural. Brian Simmons, the author of The Passion Translation, makes this very interesting note in connection with Matt 2:1, referring to the wise men as “spiritual priests,” possibly with a lineage to the prophet Daniel who had taught them about the coming Messiah and had educated them about prophecy.
What a Star!
It was no wonder that the Wise Men followed this star. It had a supernatural mind of its own, it seemed. It attracted their attention when it rose in the East and guided them to Palestine. After visiting King Herod, they left for Bethlehem.
Joy upon Joy leads to being Overcome in Worship.
Great joy is the hallmark of the Christmas story. The Wise Men were exuberant with joy when they found Jesus. The angels and the shepherds were full of joy, also. The One Who is the Savior of the world was announced and welcomed with the greatest joy! Unfortunately, religion, which prides itself on judgment and condemnation, cannot express joy. Jesus came to change that. His birth introduces us to the Good News of Great Joy!