“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”… and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them…when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. Matthew 2:2, 9-10
Often we emphasize and enjoy the visible and obvious evidence of the work of God to find our way and encourage our hearts. But in the characters of today’s last segment of the Christmas story, I am intrigued and challenged by the hidden attributes of God and unwritten truths which jump off the pages of His Word—the ones that for years I have missed. In man’s Christmas story, there are three wise men visiting the new born baby, giving their gifts from their many riches as kings. But in God’s story, I see a more mystifying yet beautiful picture painted before us.
“A star shall come forth from Jacob; A scepter shall rise from Israel, and shall crush through the forehead of Moab” (Numbers 24:17b)
We are not told the number of wise men who came to seek out the “King of the Jews” they had heard about through OT Testament prophecy. They left all they knew and owned to travel for miles (and no doubt months) to follow the one thing they understood best – a star. They were studiers of astrology. From their persistent study and love for the wonders of the heavens, they understood “it was time” for this king to appear because they saw “His” star in the East.
And when they found His star they rejoiced; when they saw the Child they worshipped. In the complete chapter of Isaiah 11, the Messiah’s Kingdom is described: it would be a kingdom like no other, one ruled not by harsh cruelty and unfair condemnation, but by One upon whom the Spirit of the Lord would rest. “The Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:1-2).
The Wise Men had risked the scoffing of their acquaintances and the wrath of the reigning hierarchy, everything just to see this Messiah. Did they ever dream this star would lead them to the very crushing of evil? Did they know they were part of fulfilling God’s Christmas Story and the first of the “uttermost parts of the world” to have the Gospel? “For the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10b).
No, the wise men did not understand all that was taking place that miraculous day when they reached the little Jesus. But with their human limitation of understanding and hearts committed to the truth of Yahweh’s Word, they found Who they were looking for—and all the world would be changed: “And a little child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6b)
The Christmas STAR is here! Our light has come! Am I seeking Him? Will I follow Him? “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16)