Day 19 // The Star

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Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 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.”

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. (Matthew 2:7-11 NIV)

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The Magi carefully selected their gifts for the special Child. They knew the significant role this Baby would play in their world, so they waited for His arrival with great anticipation. They were ready to see Him! They knew he was to be born in Bethlehem, but where exactly? They weren’t sure.

Then, on that first silent Christmas night, it happened. The star appeared! The star rose up. This star was special and different. It wasn’t part of a constellation, and it wasn’t stationary. The star moved! It drifted toward the Child. And because the star moved, so the Magi followed. How could they sit still when the star was taking them to the One they were so excited to meet? They left their comfort behind, and they moved. It wasn’t a journey of burden, but of joy. When the star stopped over the Child, so did the Magi. They knelt down, worshipped Him, and presented their gifts.

When I was 14 years old, I was on my own journey. Like the wise men, I was looking for something, but I didn’t know what it was. I didn’t know where it was, but I did know this – it wasn’t where I was. I needed to move! I launched my own journey. I searched, asked questions, listened. Then it happened! My Star came into view. My Star moved too. But it didn’t move away; it moved toward me. My Star was Jesus.

I became aware Jesus wasn’t just the little Baby I used to place in the manger at Christmas. He was much more than that!  He was a real Man who came to save me! He died for the sins I was responsible for. He was my Savior and wanted me as His son. Was it really possible to be part of His family? I was overwhelmed with joy when I met Him, just like the Magi. My heart leapt! I was humbled by His offer. I couldn’t stand still. I had to move toward Him. So, In the quiet of a basement, I uttered one short simple word in response to his offer: “Yes!” 

This Christmas, take a moment to look anew at the Christmas scene. Let your eyes see the Baby in the manger, the Magi, the star, and the gifts. Take a moment to reflect on what they mean to you and to the world.

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REFLECTION QUESTIONS

  • What one word comes to mind when you see Jesus in the manger?
  • What characteristics of the Magi do you admire?
  • What star are you chasing that has lost its luster? What do you desire from chasing it?
  • What gift did Jesus intend for you to give to the world? Are you actively giving it?

PRAYER

Lord, thank You for Jesus. Thank You for pursuing me. I want to move. I want to move closer to You. This Christmas, I want to experience You deeper than I ever have before.

MUSICAL ESPONSE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am Jim Holt, one of God’s chosen sons. Please don’t think I am anything special because believe me, I’m not. The only reason I was chosen is because I chose Jesus. My story is nothing special either. It’s similar to every story where someone accepted the offer made by Jesus. The decision to accept Jesus as my Savior and enter into relationship with Him made an immediate, ongoing impact on my life. 

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  1. Thank you so very much. Please thank all those who are sharing so beautifully. Every morning I look forward with anticipation to reading, hearing and parcitipating on a personal level. I do not know when I have felt “ more prepared” to receive the gift of Christmas.

    Today’s Daily Bread devotion ended with: “Christmas is about God taking extreme measures to reclaim those who were lost.”
    Preparing are hearts makes that so much more meaningful.

    Thanks again to all participants and may you received God’s Shalom for your sharing.

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