We three kings of orient are,
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
Oh, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright.
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
You’ve no doubt heard the lyrics to this familiar Christmas carol many times, but have you ever really wondered about this story. I mean, what made these men (how ever many there actually were) pack up their belongings and provisions along with kingly gifts of enormous value to embark on such a long and perilous journey through possibly dangerous country following an astronomical phenomenon to find an unknown king in another land? Obviously, they were students of the stars, but surely, they weren’t the only ones who were watching the heavens at the same time. What made them, and not the others, see something of such significant in the night sky that it compelled them to abandon their families and occupations to make such a long journey?
Have you ever pondered the transformation that likely took place in them as they traveled to Bethlehem? They began in a distant land, likely not believers in the God of Israel, but, by the time they stood before of the Holy Child of Mary, they bowed down and worshiped Him (Matt. 2:11) This isn’t some fairy tale story to tell children. This was a serious trek along actual roads and through real cities, but it was also a journey of faith that ended up changing them from men who were curious about the God who had revealed Himself in the heavens into to ones who were chosen to meet the Savior of all mankind face to face.
While they were certainly real people, their journey is also a picture of how God operates in the lives of each one of us. The first chapter of Romans makes it clear that God’s power and character are evident in and through His creation. (Rom. 1:20) His truth is woven into the fabric of the universe, so we can perceive His existence in the natural order of things. Now, it’s rarely enough to look at flowers, hear a thunderstorm or marvel at a starry night and be motivated to enter into a relationship with the Lord as a result, but it is enough to get any person started on their journey. They can be moved to say “Wow, that’s amazing. I want to know more.” and then just as God led the Magi, He will direct a seeking person step-by-step, mile-by-mile, until they finally come face to face with the Savior, Jesus Christ.
So where are you on your journey of faith?
Are you marveling at something God has done and want to know more?
Are you moving toward Him slowly and steadily?
Have you started your journey and been side-tracked?
Have you bowed your knees before Him, and acknowledged Him as Savior?
Are you on your journey back home to take the good news with you?
As you move toward Christmas Day 2018, pause a moment and reflect on the journey of the wise men and take the lesson of their lives with you long after the celebration is over. Just remember, wherever you are in your relationship with God through Jesus Christ, there is always further to go.