The wise men were a group of astrologers or scientists of the day. Their job was to study the sky and interpret it for their nation. It’s through this seemingly worldly means that God used a star to lead a foreign people from the East (probably near Persia) to discover the birth of Christ.
The presence of Jesus is not just for a select group of people, but for everyone.
Have you wondered if people in other parts of the world see Christmas the way you do? Do we engage others about the true meaning of Christmas? God’s relentless pursuit of us is not because He is working to win a contest, but because He is working to bring peace to a desperate world.
Christ has come! Christ will come again!
Matthew 2:9-12 NLT
After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When it was time to leave, they returned to their own coun- try by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Acts 4:32-35 NLT
All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
Lord, we come before you thankful for the gift of peace. Despite the chaos of the life and world around us, would you draw us near to you? If there is sin in our life keeping us from experiencing your peace, would you in your grace and mercy help and deliver us? Thank you for true peace through Jesus Christ. Amen
Spend some time imagining how you would explain Christmas to a new family in your neighborhood who have never heard of Christmas before. Write down what you would say or maybe draw a few pictures that you could use to help explain the true meaning of Christmas.