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WHERE IS HE BORN KING OF THE JEWS?

“WHERE IS HE WHO IS BORN KING OF THE JEWS?” (Matthew 2:2a).

The Magi were more than Nomadic wanderers. They started their journey in partnership, not to seek “the holy grail” or the “fountain of youth”. Rather they started their fateful quest with a heightened sense of anticipation of worshipping the Holy One of Israel. “For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him”(Matthew 2:2b).

For days and perhaps weeks they had followed the bright star lighting the night, which led them to their heart’s anticipated treasure. I fear their quest out shined most hearts today, who never allow the wonder of this Season to stir within them the unusual resolve to not allow “Tinsel-Town & toys” to rob them of the true joy of Christmas. Not even King Herod’s ignorant & murderous heart could keep these kings from finding Him “who is born King of the Jews”(Matthew 2:2a).

These faithful pilgrims remind us that there is appropriate protocol when you come before the King. “After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshipped Him”(Matthew 2:11a). Although we honor the Virgin Mary for her heroic example of carrying the Christ-Child to full term, we must follow the example of these wise men and give all worship to Christ Jesus, our Lord and King. Their example also reminds us that when you come into the presence of a king you are not to come empty handed. “Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh”(Matthew 2:11b), anticipating the Father’s assignment by which He was sent into the world. He is the Wealth of heaven come to earth; the sweet Balm of Gilead, healing us of our diseases; the One Who “tasted death for everyone”.

In this wicked and dark generation we do well to ask ourselves, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” If we cannot say, “Christ Jesus, the Sun of righteousness is living and rising in me”(in all of His Splendor), then we are cheating our world of an opportunity to find “The Light of the world” so they do “not walk in darkness”(John 8:12).

May the words of the apostle Peter challenge us today, “we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19 NASB)

May you have a Merry Christmas! (c) Copyright 2012, Walter Fletcher Jr. All rights reserved. This article may be copied free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original content. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com.

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