The Guiding Star: Following Jesus, Our King
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
During the Christmas season, we often retell the familiar story of Jesus’ birth. Knowing that Jesus was born is not enough if we overlook the purpose of His birth—His destined role as our Savior.
The wise men traveled from far lands in pursuit of baby Jesus. They followed a bright star shining over Bethlehem to fall at the Child’s feet and bring Him gifts. “They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).
The gifts of the wise men were expensive and coveted by kings, but also held symbolism, offering insight into Jesus’ forthcoming life. Gold acknowledged His status as King of the world. Frankincense was greatly valued, had a wonderful fragrance, and was used in worship—a perfect gift for the anointed One. Myrrh, a symbol of death and mourning, prophesied His eventual fate—to give His life for the sins of the world. After His death, Nicodemus adorned His body with myrrh (John 19:39).
These gifts underline the many reasons we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Earth and why He is worthy of our praise. Jesus was born a King—God in the flesh. As He grew from a child into a man, He would ultimately sacrifice His life so we could live ours freely. Just as the wise men pursued Jesus with conviction, we too, should follow our Savior, allowing Him to be our guiding star.
Your Call to Action
This Christmas, look to the wise men as an example and follow their lead. They set out in pursuit of their King. Pursue Jesus, actively embrace His teachings, His sacrifice, and His unending love. Commit to spreading love, peace, and joy, in His holy name. This Christmas, let’s walk in His footsteps and make this world a better place.
“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him.” (Matthew 2:1-2).
“After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” (Matthew 2:9-10).
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Dear God, we thank You for sending your Son to be born on this earth and pay the debt for our sins. We recognize that He is king, Lord, and our Savior. As we celebrate Him this Christmas, please help us to boldly pursue You as the wise men did. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
A Comforting Closure
In this season of joy and giving, let us remember the true star of Christmas, Jesus, our Savior, and allow His teachings to guide us on our journey of faith, hope, and love.
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