Matthew 2:1-12 New International Version (NIV)
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 who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
It would be nice to think that everything in life is very straightforward. That when someone tells us something we can believe fully in what they say. But of course we all know that life is more complicated than that. One can’t believe very much of what we are told these days. We have to discover for ourselves what the truth really is. It takes some research and sacrifice, effort and bravery to divine the truth in today’s world.
The Magi had to consider what they were being told by Herod. They also had to look to the stars for their celestial message and follow a path that was long, difficult, mysterious and not straightforward at all. Ultimately they had to do their own research. They journeyed to the Christ child to see him with their own eyes. And in the end, once they knew deep inside what the truth was, they understood that Herod’s words were the ultimate in fake news and not to be trusted.
Father, Mother God, loving me, it’s hard to know what the truth is anymore. Please guide me as I seek to know right from wrong, truth from lies, fact from fiction. Steer me on a path that keeps me focused on love and truth.