Seeking The New Born King
Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11 MSG
1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”
9-10 …Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!
11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.
Two thousand years ago, three scholars from the East were on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem to seek and worship the Newborn King, Jesus Christ. As they followed closely the star in the eastern sky, they arrived at a city. It was crowded with people and they earnestly asked around for the Newborn King’s location.
This is just like in our individual lives. We are always searching for something greater and long for something or someone to fill our hearts and our emptiness. Today, it’s not a coincidence or by chance that you have come upon this devotional! It’s by God’s divine arrangement and there is a message that God has for you!
As the scholars continued their journey to search for the Newborn King, they saw the same star again. They followed it and finally found the Newborn King in the stable. They could not contain their excitement. They started jumping and shouted with joy and hurried themselves to the stable to see the Newborn King! The excitement and joy that the three scholars felt when they saw the Newborn King were indescribable.
Indeed, “Rejoice! Rejoice! Jesus Christ, our Lord and King is born!” Do you also want to experience the same excitement and joy that the scholars felt? Come to Jesus today, and you will experience the same joy that the scholars felt at the birth of the Newborn King!
When the scholars saw the Baby in the stable, they immediately knelt down and worshipped the Newborn King, presenting their extravagant gifts to Him – Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. The scholars didn’t come empty-handed to the Newborn King, Jesus Christ, who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! They offered their best praise, thanksgiving, worship and offering of adoration from their hearts. Our life is the best gift to the Newborn King, Jesus Christ! When we present our lives to Jesus, God can do so much more in our lives! We will be overflowing with joy and excitement which fill our hearts and the emptiness in our lives. What an amazing God Jesus is!
Today, if you have not received this Newborn King, Jesus Christ, into your life, make this exciting decision to present your life to Him, and receive Him as your Lord and Savior. And let your life be transformed and renewed through Him!
To all the brothers and sisters in Christ, in your journey with God, are there any areas of your lives that have been stagnant or have gone astray from God? Today, make this commitment to surrender those areas to God and allow Him to rekindle your love for Him! You will then be filled with the overwhelming joy and excitement, and will begin to share with your family and friends about this joyous and glorious truth of the birth of our King, Jesus Christ.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us your one and only Son, Jesus. I want to receive this special gift of Your love and salvation today. I present my life to You as an offering. Come and reign in my life as my Lord and King. Teach me Your ways so that I can follow the footsteps of Jesus in the rest of my life journey. Empower me to share this joyous Good News of Jesus Christ with my family and friends. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”