After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the East and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 NIV
The hidden beauty of the wise men’s journey is that they came seeking a king without knowing who he was. Of course the films depict them as coming to find God’s Son, but if that were the case then why would they have asked at Herod’s palace for him? So, they traveled a thousand miles across deserts and mountains with costly gifts to win His favor.
But God has something far greater in mind than those Magi ever suspected. Instead of finding favor with a king, somewhere along the way they started to realize that who they were seeking was greater than any earthly king. Once they left Herod, they saw the star again and followed it to Bethlehem. Most likely that is when they began to understand that the someone they were looking for was mysteriously greater and more holy than they first imagined. Then the star came and stood over a humble house in a tiny village and they were filled with awe, in the presence of God’s Jesus and they bowed and worshipped Him. Our good news for today is that their joy of finding Jesus that night, can be ours as well this morning. Just like them, we can find Him if we seek Him, because, all the while we are seeking God; He is seeking us!