“…and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” – Matthew 2:9
The Bible tells us about the “wise men” that came from the East in search of the foretold Messiah and that they were led by a star. Numbers 24:17 says, “A Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel.” It has been noted that many Jewish scholars believed this to be a Messianic prophecy.
These men were called, in the Greek, Magi, and they were astronomers. We are told they came from the East and were probably from among the Jews who were exiled from Judah and Israel centuries before. Therefore, they would know of the promise of the Messiah. In this sense, they were in a foreign land and lost, searching for their promised Savior.
These men were astronomers being led to Christ by a star. God was using their profession as a medium to lead them to the Messiah. How comforting to know that the Lord is that personal with us when we begin to seek Him. Many times, He uses our current circumstances to reveal Himself.
When the Magi arrived in Jerusalem inquiring where Jesus was, they must have been a little surprised. The Jewish priests were asked where to find Him, and they quoted out of Micah 5:2 which said He would be born in Bethlehem. The priests knew where to find the Christ, yet it was only the Magi from the East who came from far and in excitement to meet their Messiah. It would seem that the priests could care less, they had lost their First Love.
Do you still hunger and thirst for the Lord? Is He still the One you seek? Maybe your current circumstances and vocation are being used by the Lord to lead you back to Jesus. Like these Magi, who were considered wise men, will you be guided, will you seek the Messiah and will you fall down and worship Him like they did and be restored? What a joy it is to find the One you have been waiting for all of your life!
“The star was Christ’s star itself, but it also led others to Christ. It did this very much because it moved in that direction. It is a sad thing when a preacher is like a sign-post pointing the way but never following it, on his own account. Such were those chief priests at Jerusalem: they could tell where Christ was born, but they never went to worship Him; they were indifferent altogether to Him and to His birth.” – Spurgeon