"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."
Today is the twelfth day of Christmas, and tomorrow is Epiphany. By this time we’re sick of hearing about Christmas. Santa has been in the stores since Halloween, our trees are on the curb, let’s get on with 2014.
But just a moment.
Epiphany is a great time to consider further the world’s response to the Incarnation, the revelation of the Son of God.
- The nearby king Herod tried to kill Him.
- Far away kings came to worship Him.
- The Gentiles came streaming in to His light, over the centuries.
- Empires were transformed, steeples and cathedrals raised to the glory of Christ, the world turned upside down.
The question was put to the wise men, what they would do about the star, about the son King to be born. The question is put to each of us. Would you rather be your own king and build your own kingdom, or bring your treasure to the true King?