The Brightness of Bethlehem

by David and Stephen Olford

Text:  "There came wise men from the east of Jerusalem, 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" (Matt. 2:1-2; read also vv.3-11). 

Thought: What is important and re-markable about these wise-men is their faith, their search, and their achievement. In their hearts was a deep longing for the appearance of a Savior-King, and when they saw His star there was only one desire which possessed them and that was to fall at His feet and worship Him. The birth of Christ, to them, was a call for:

Directed Worship: "We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship Him" (v. 2). Wherever there are hungry hearts and questing spirits, God directs. His word to men is: "Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart" (Jer. 29:13).  God is waiting to direct us to His beloved Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. Just as the star appeared to guide those seeking men to the cradle of the Christ, so the Holy Spirit longs to lead us to the feet of the Savior, where we worship and adore.

Determined Worship:  "We have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him" (v.2). Have you ever sat down with your open Bible and attempted to work out the journey undertaken by those Magi? Wherever they came from, it is evident that they faced vast distances and dangers. How this story condemns those of us who live in the West! Oh, that there might be more determination in our acts of worship not only at Christmastime, but all through the year.

Devoted Worship:  "When they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh" (v. 11).  These were tokens of devotions and dedication. As far as the wise men were concerned, the Babe of Bethlehem was the King of kings, and therefore worthy to receive their best and their all. 

Thrust: Can you and I give Him any less?

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