Wise Men Follow His Star

The record of the wise men from the East being guided by a special star is not only a fascinating account, but a passage of Holy Scripture that currently speaks to non-Christians and Christians in a variety of ways.
Wise Men Follow His Star
Source - Image owned, uploaded and copyrighted 2015 by the author, Peter P. Macinta (BrotherPete).

Due to their unfaithfulness, and after many warnings, the Jews forfeited their place to have a king. However, after some centuries, the prophecy of Daniel 9:25-27 indicated the time drew near for the Messiah to arrive. In addition to this, a special sign occurred in the celestial heaven as the “sixty-ninth seven” of Daniel’s “seventy sevens” arrived. 

Matthew 2:1-2 indicates magi, at least hundreds of miles east of Judea, had noted this stellar sign and made it a point to personally see this King. It was a long, arduous journey, possibly 800 miles (over 1,287km). The Holy Spirit saw to it

that this special visit to Jesus was recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, and, like many portions of Holy Scripture, there is a treasure trove of truths applicable to both the disciple of Christ and the one outside of Christ.

Months ago the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to tie this special stellar appearance the magi and others had seen with 2 Peter 1:19 considering the fact that Christ is called The Morning Star in Revelation 22:16. Matthew 2:1-11 combined with 2 Peter 1:19 will encourage us to do the following five things.

I. Exit From This World 1- 9a

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3  When Herod the king had heard these things, 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 demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5  And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6  And you Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of you shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7  Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, diligently enquired of them what time the star appeared. 8  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed;”

These magi had to leave their homeland to see Christ. We, too, must within our hearts leave our earthly life to truly and completely follow Christ. Christ said (Luke 14:26), “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Additionally, He said (Luke 14:33), “. . . whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.”

To truly exit this world and follow Christ we must sever earthly ties that endanger our salvation, and the ties that we must keep, like physical family ties, must be relegated to a lower position than our allegiance to Christ. We also must remove ourselves out of our earthly comfort zones and radically obey Christ. All our ways must be forsaken and be replaced with God’s Way, the life of Christ Himself.

One example of that would be to permit the Holy Spirit to develop the fruit of meekness within us. Many of us have been conditioned by society to take vengeance when we are wronged. However once we come to Christ we should learn that every impulse we have must be evaluated by the Word of God and either thwarted or modified by the very life of Christ.

Unlike Herod the Great and the rest of Jerusalem we must not be troubled with the thought of making Christ King of our life. And, if we do surrender to Christ, we must guard ourselves from becoming cold hearted, or even lukewarm, toward Him. Jerusalem was only six or so miles (over 9.5 km) from Bethlehem, but there is no indication from our passage that any of the religious leaders that had come to Herod made any effort to visit their Messiah.

Herod was known to be conniving and murderous. The true Christian is to be the opposite: dependent upon God’s direction from His Word and Spirit, and seeking the good, mainly the spiritual good, of all whether they be friend or foe.

While we are, until death or the rapture, to physically remain in this world we are not to be like it. We must not revert to being darkness again. We must consider ourselves to be pilgrims, sojourners (1 Peter 2:11 and 1:17) who spiritually run the race to Christ, becoming more like Him (Hebrews 12:1-2). We are indeed wise when we forsake all and follow Christ.

II. Endure The Journey 9b~

“. . . and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the young child was."

The magi had assiduously followed the star a great distance for them. My previous thought of 800 miles (over 1,287km) can be accomplished by us in a day, even in hours if we travel by jet. But when Christ was born there were no such means of transportation and I would guess it would have taken the magi close to two weeks if not a little more than that.

Their long (to them) trip to Bethlehem should teach us to endure our pilgrimage on earth. It also speaks to the unsaved that the walk in Christ requires one to endure much. Yet, we do not do that on our own or solely in our own strength, but when one truly comes to Christ they have the Lord within Who comforts and empowers.

Also, look at the text. It seems to me a day or so of cloudiness had set in because the magi went to Jerusalem first instead of Bethlehem and verse 10 sounds like the star had reappeared. We are certainly in some dark and cloudy times in this present world. But just as the Bethlehem star would reappear, so shall Christ one day physically return. We are instructed by the Word of God to keep serving Him until He returns and not lose hope.

And here is another devotional aspect of the star being occluded by clouds then reappearing. Sometimes we either permit, or cause, cloudiness in our spiritual walk. So, we get off course. However, we should then learn to look up and to Christ, the Morning Star Who will lovingly correct our course if we permit Him.

III. Exceedingly Rejoice 10

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."

The Holy Scriptures tell us to


rejoice in the Lord, in His salvation, and in other blessings. Some of those passages are Psalm 20:5, 68:3 - 4, 70:4, Habakkuk 3:18, Romans 5:2, Philippians 3:1 and 4:4. We are even told to “count it all joy” when all sorts of trouble comes along (James 1:2)! One reason is that we gain strength in the inner man as we rejoice in God no matter what.

We actually have it better today than the magi, because those who truly know Christ can come into His presence with worship and praise. We have the entire written Word of God so we know up front what others have gone through, and we have the promises of God. We also are blessed with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter (John 14:6, 26, 15:26, and 16:7).

And, consider the term “exceeding.” This means loudly rejoicing with physical expression. No one knows if they danced or leapt -- or both. Their rejoicing, however, was very notable. And there was very good reason to be that way for they had found the Messiah. How much more should a true disciple of Christ be rejoicing for ever more.

IV. Enter In 11

“And when they were 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 unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Praising God, worshiping Him, and exceedingly rejoicing ushers us into His glorious presence. We need to really enter in, and stay! Also, “into the house” makes me think of the fact that once one is born again they enter into the household of God. And, another aspect would be, based upon 1 Corinthians and other Holy Scriptures, that we become the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

“They saw the young child with Mary his mother” calls to mind that the meekness of Christ must develop within us. Think of the fact that God, as the Son, while remaining God chose not to use His powers and prerogatives as God but permitted Himself to become like us and in a state dependent upon others empowered by the Father for care. That is not just a cute story. That is part of our salvation. If we are truly saved we should become like Him.

We should always offer Him our best. We, by His grace, should always be giving to Him. Whatever progress, whatever goodness, whatever glory is produced in us should be brought back to Him because we love Him.

V. Expect His Fulness  2 Peter 1:19

“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:”

Study the Holy Scriptures and you will understand, consider the events from 1945 to the present and you will see, ask a true Christian somewhat mature in the Lord and it will be confirmed to you, we are coming up to the close of this present age, the age of grace, the time of the Church. The darkness at the time this article was written will be greatly overshadowed by the age that is next to come, the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble. For sure the night comes when no man can work (John 9:4).

However, the dawn comes. The return of Christ nears and when He physically returns He will rule on earth for 1,000 years before it is destroyed and redeveloped (Revelation 20). That is one reason why the disciples Christ both rejoice and mourn. We mourn for the lost and over the increase of sin, but we rejoice in the fact that Christ’s coming nears.

In January 2014 I presented to my congregation a message from 2 Peter 1:19 titled, “Delight In The Dawning” (please see the link below {1}). I likened the true disciples to birds in a tree at night. Now, if one would notice, many times the birds sheltered during the night in a tree will start tweeting, singing, a good time before sunrise. I imagine it is because the birds in the uppermost portion of the tree have the advantage of seeing the first glimmers of dawn before anyone else does.

If we exit the world, endure our pilgrimage, greatly rejoice and accept all that God has for us the full fruit of the Holy Spirit will begin to develop within us. Upon being born again we have access to all that God has for us. And if we remain in Him, there is wonderful fulness to come when we shed our body and take on a glorious body like Christ’s. All of this is far better than what the world has to offer. So decide to be like the Wise Men and follow God’s Star, Jesus Christ.

Notes:

{1} Please visit http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M292 and choose a link either to hear or read the outline of Delight In The Dawning.

This article was in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by January 25, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M388 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the 1769 Authorized Version with spelling of some words updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. An * next to the abbreviation for another translation or version indicates the same for the text presented.

Not responsible for any advertisements appearing with this article nor am I necessarily in agreement with any of them. The statements of this paragraph hold true not only for this article, but for everything I have placed on the Internet.



Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

Posted on: Last updated: 25-07-2016 64 1

Please login to comment on this post.
  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    God's work that saves persons, can never be separated from educating people: it demands the repression of the oppressors and ruling in the fear of the Lord.
    reply 0
Beacon To Life
Troubled Or Triumphant