Monday, December 19, 2016

Advent 2016

Melchior, A Wise Man


            The three of us have been following a star for many days.  It is the brightest star in the sky and we have been told it will lead us to a baby, the Son of God.  When we get to Jerusalem we ask the king where we can find the newborn baby that people are calling the King of the Jews.

About that time some wise men from the eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the newborn King of the Jews?  We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him." Matthew 2:1-2

            King Herod calls me and the other wise men and priests to meet with him to discuss a child that has been born in Bethlehem.  I am so hopeful that we will finally get the information about where to find the baby.  During the meeting, as King Herod describes this child who might rise to power, I begin to see he is fearful.  I can tell he feels worried about his followers turning their backs to him.  This new baby is a threat to him instead of a gift of hope and peace.  I grow more curious about seeing this child.  I also feel obligated to protect him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where the Christ should be born.  Matthew 2:2-4 

So we set off as soon as possible that night and again follow the brightest star in the sky, in the direction the King tells us to go.

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, "Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."  Matthew 2:8

            Through the night we walk as far as we can, then stop to set up camp for the night as our camels are tired.  As we rise in the morning, we set off in the same direction to Bethlehem and are amazed to see that the star is brighter than the sun.  As we walk, we begin to see other travelers heading in the same direction, and I am fascinated by how many people have heard about this child and are just as curious as me.  As we come closer to the star, my anticipation grows so much.  I start to worry that the gifts we brought are not worthy of this king. 

            We begin to see travelers coming in the opposite direction, coming from Bethlehem.  We speak to them about their travels and they tell us about seeing the Christ child.  I can see the joy in their faces.  This grows on me, as well as my other two companions.  We see no threat coming from this child's birth.  We come closer and closer, the star guiding us to a small stable.  As we see Mary with the child I immediately bow down to worship him.  We give them our gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but I feel that this child is the real gift that God is giving to us all. 

And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:  and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 

Matthew 2:11

            The wise men and I discuss returning to King Herod, but then we see how much love, peace, and hope this child brings to these people.  The next morning all three of us share that we have the same dream in which God warns us not to tell King Herod about the baby in the manger.  We decide we should not return to King Herod and should take another route home.  I have seen amazing things, and I know I must share that "God is with us" to everyone I meet on my way home.

And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.  Matthew 2:12 


 -- John Foxx Willhite




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