Story By: R.S. Helms
The Story of the Wise Men, the Magi who traveled from the East, guided by a star, seeking the new born king of Israel, is a part of the Christmas story that has a variety of meaningful applications, just as the part of the Shepherds tending their flocks, and the story would not be complete without all the parts, it is sort of like a four-part play, being played on the stage of the world.
Nonetheless, we have Wise men, who knew of the prophecies of the Israelites, and more so the prophecies concerning their coming king. They searched the heavens for a sign, then, behold… a star appeared. One that they had never seen before, and strangely far brighter than all the others. Guess it was one of those “WOW!” moments that happen from time to time.
The gospel of Matthew records this story as follows:
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”
References for Matthew 2:6
7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared.
8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
9 When they heard the king, they departed; 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.
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy.
11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
Now back to the “WOW!” moment. The wise men saw the Star and had a decision to make,” hmm what should we do?” “Perhaps we should write about it, no, that would most likely not be read, and people might make fun of us…” I have it, we will travel there and take some worthy gifts to this new king, so okay let get our party ready invite the Magi who are interested in making a trip… Ah … how far did you say it was?”
I doubt if the wise men’s decision went like that, no not at all, they knew they would undertake an impossible journey, it most likely would not have been just three Magi on three finely decked out camels; but rather, a whole caravan, and they would be crossing the desert. Heat and wind, long distances between water and rest. Some scholars say the journey would have been between six months to two years.
They committed to embark on a journey, their guide was a star, and their destination was the baby Jesus. They wanted to see him, reach out and touch him, to worship him, and give gifts, they knew what their destination was, and the divine star to guide them. All though the journey would be overwhelmingly hard at times, it would be the reward of their destination that would give them peace, joy, and understanding.
The wise men knew where their journey was taking them… might I inquire of you; do you know where your journey is taking you? What is the object of your destination? Is your destination Jesus the Lord?
With every journey there is a path or road that we travel in order to reach our destination, however, with this road there is many roads leading from the main thoroughfare, some are plainly marked as danger dead end do not enter, yet many enter and are lost. Other roads are marked as necessary detour, and will give signs to get you back on the main road to your destination.
The wise men detoured from their course, it was a detour of necessity, the customary protocol would be that anyone of high prestige, when entering another country, would go and pay tribute to the king, and give their purpose for being in the country, remember this was in Jerusalem and they were not yet to their destination.
We may find ourselves somewhere along a detour from our main path. Could it be, that the Christians along with the rest of America, find ourselves on a detour of necessity? The makeup of the United States has been changing for decades, subtle nudges became obvious shoves, such as the removal of Judeo-Christian values and ethics. The removal of any sign or mention of God from the public square, opening the floodgates to all kinds of social behavior. The global demonization of our nation, our power, our culture, our ethical values, our constitution, and at every chance our citizens. All of this is coming from our administration. The president is the most lawless, most anti-constitutional, most anti-Judeo/Christian values, most anti-American culture spawn of Satan that has ever sat in the Oval Office. Our President has willfully by intent and self-admission “changed” our nation.
Of late, the past seven plus years, we no longer are experiencing shoves, but rather, the shoving became hard pushing towards a one-way dark destination. A destination that will remove our sovereignty, our constitutional and freedoms, our personal wealth, land, and worse yet our personal freedom to worship as we see fit. There is nearly nothing left of the 1st and 2nd amendments, and others are being shattered. Our nation, like it or not, is in the position centered on an unstable keg of high explosives.
Perhaps a divine star is guiding us now down the road well marked “necessary detour”, or could it be that the sign reads “do not enter, danger and darkness ahead”? know this I am not going to let on that most is doom and gloom, for it is not, not until we give up on God. When all else is lost He is not. It does not matter anymore if someone is black, brown, Christian or not. It is time that we come together in one heart and one mind and defeat the darkness.
With the wise men, they ask of Herod where the new king might be found, and after Herod conferred with his advisors and they told him generally in Bethlehem, the city of David. Now this is another point. Herod told the wise men to return and tell him so he might also go and worship him. What do you think, did Herod lie to the Magi? Of course, he did he did not want to worship Jesus he wanted to kill him.
The President, his staff, the liberal—RINO, progressive politicians, have for decades been lying to the people. More now than ever before, the progressive movement believe the people are stupid, (I call it the ‘Gruber’ mindset), it says, you can lie and tell the American people anything and they will believe you…
Our national security is nearly nonexistent, open borders, gangstas and black racist charlatan ministers of bad theology, leading activist protesters calling for death to cops, and white people, tens of thousands of Muslims some citizens, some not. Millions of illegal aliens, some really bad, some not. A demoralized military, the Islamic Middle East is on fire, and ISIS “Islamic Terrorists at war with the United States, and our president would rather attempt to demonize anyone who does not agree with his Muslim refugee plan calling us bigots, than to address our Muslim extreme threat to our national security.
That is the road detour in which the patriots, Christian and non-Christian alike find ourselves, we are black, we are white, we are brown, yellow, red, purple green. We must realize we are all precious in God’s sight, and unite and reclaim our nation from the vile evil darkness that has nearly overcome us.
My journey, at this evening time of life, is that of the wise men, we have similar destinations, theirs was to see the king, to reach out and touch him, to worship him. My destination is not unlike many Christians to be with Jesus to reach out and touch Him, to worship and praise Him, to lay crowns at his feet, and to spend the rest of eternity with Him. That is where my journey is taking me. If I do not make it past this necessary detour, my destination remains the same, and Jesus knows where I am to be found, He knows my name.
So again, where is your journey taking you? What is your destination?
Merry Christmas from my family to yours