This Sunday marked the end of the Christmas season with the Gospel detailing how the three kings traveled, following a star, to find the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. I feel like this piece of the Christmas season is almost tagged on and given little thought to but offers us an important lesson when it comes to seeking Christ.
I would be willing to guess that the journey from the Orient, from Africa, from wherever the kings came, was not an easy journey. Without even knowing exactly what they were seeking, these three men went on a long, perilous journey so that they could find this great King, the Wonder Counselor, and worship him. How far are you willing to travel to worship God and God’s Son?
Are you willing to leave your comfort zone, your home, and go somewhere new? Are you dedicated enough to follow instructions that may seem difficult or unclear? They were! They navigated by a star, for goodness sakes!
But their journey is only part of what makes them important to understanding how to follow Christ. The three wise men met with Herod, who was the king of the region and he ordered them to return to him and tell him where this new king was, but with different intentions. And after finding Jesus, they listened to God’s instructions and defied the orders of Herod. They were willing to risk themselves to defy the worldly orders they had been given to strive towards heavenly ones.
Are you willing to participate in orders, in beliefs, in a posture that is not of this world? Willing to defy what those in charge have dictated to do what is right, in an effort to strive to better serve Christ?
Don’t discredit the work that these men put into reaching our Lord.
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