Troubling News For Us???
Matthew 2:1-6 New International Version
The Magi Visit the Messiah 2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler.
Monday - January 3
Did you know that the “wisemen” visited Jesus months or even years after he was born? Some think he might have been 1 year old at the time. The original Greek word that is often translated as “wisemen” is “magi.” That is where we get the word “magician.” They were astrologers, sometimes sorcerers, or even simple tricksters (see Acts 8:9-24). These magi probably came from Babylon where astrology was an important religious activity and have come to pay homage to a new, foreign dignitary. So, they went to the capital city first! But we also get the first hint that something is not quite right. The birth of Jesus is not good news for everyone. If Jesus is really the king then we are NOT! And like Herod, that news “troubles” us. We at the very least want to be in control of our own lives! But Jesus has come to give us the new life of faith that trusts in God’s power and mercy.