“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born. “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet:. . .After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was — the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure. Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.”
Matthew 2:1-5, 9-12
In modern day nativity scenes, we almost always see 3 kings or 3 wise men representing these visitors from the orient. Its was an ancient belief among many cultures thay when a great king or leader was born, a bright star would shine, announcing his birth, so the star the easterners followed had probably been shining for at least 2 years because it would have taken them that long to plan and make the journey by foot following a star! So they probably arrived when Jesus was probably already about 2 years old, plus vs. 11 says they arrived at a HOUSE whereas Jesus was born in a manger.
With all that taken into account, the important truth is that the event of Jesus’ birth was so awesome and so important that it was even written in the stars and read and understood by non-Jewish, non-“Christian” astrologers from probably India or China! So they show up to the nearest king towhere the star was leading, Herod, and asked, where’s the new-born King? Herod, having eliminated any rival kings from his own household, finds out from the Hebrew temple scholars that the expected Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). He sends the wisemen to Bethlehem to search for Jesus, asking them to return to report His exact location (vss 7-8). So the wise men follow the star to Bethlehem, find Jesus and woship Him by presenting costly gifts to Him, each gift representing an intracle part of Who He is and of His ministry. Being warned by God not to return to Jerusalem, the wisemen headed home.
God showed up so big during the birth of His Son Jesus, that the rest of the world couldn’t help but watch! My prayer is that Jesus, through the Presence of His Abiding Holy Spirit will show up so big in my life that He will attract or draw even unbelievers! What’s your prayer?
Think about it!