We don’t know much about the strange men who showed up late for Christmas. The “wise men” or “magi” were ancient Babylonian astrologers who spotted what we call the Star of Bethlehem, indicating the birth of Christ.
And so their path to Christmas began. They traveled, possibly from the Far East, to visit this newborn King of the Jews whose birth had been ignored by kings and missed by wise men that lived within twenty miles of His humble birthplace.
Like some today, we can sometimes search down amazingly complex and scattered paths to find what God has placed within simple reach. The Messiah was born and laid in a place easy to find, and He arrived with directions making the place of His birth easy to locate… foretold by prophets and written in Scripture.
And for some reading this today, you find yourself on the same path as the magi… searching for something important enough to give your life to when you find it. Beneath the lights and tinsel and “Christmas cheer” is the gift of eternal that God gave to you and to all who will simply “call on His Name.”
That name is Jesus.
And (they) 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.” Matthew 2:2
Heavenly Father, You created the heavens and the earth with a word… Your Word. And You have not made Yourself difficult to find, since even the heavens and the stars shout the glory of God. When our path has led to a dead end, help us to know that the One who came at Bethlehem, our Lord Jesus, was Himself “the Way.” May our path and our journey lead us directly to the Christ who waits for us to call on His Name. There is no name higher… and none more beautiful than His. In that Name alone do we pray.