Episode ThemeServant-Working: Salvation is a free gift.
Imagine you were there when the star was first sighted. You watch as the wise men, the magi, notice something new. “Look at this bright new star,” they exclaim, “it must mean something important. A king? Yes, a king has been born.”
A king? You wonder about a king who has his very own star. You listen again, for the magi are making plans. “We will go to worship this new king. Gifts—we must bring gifts.” You are told to gather gold, incense, and myrrh to present to the newborn king.
You travel many miles, many days. You feel exhausted, but each night the star appears and your strength returns. Finally, you arrive in Jerusalem, dusty and tired. No one in Jerusalem has heard of the newborn king. How strange. How could they not know that the star for this king has appeared in the sky? You watch as King Herod shouts for his priests and teachers. They scurry around and finally announce that the star must be for someone born in the town of Bethlehem. Herod sends you on your way with the royal command “Go! Make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, bring me a report. Then I can go and worship him too.”
Finally, finally, you arrive. There he is—the newborn king! You kneel before him and give to him the gifts you have brought with you. You are sure that he is looking right at you…..
You didn’t travel with the wise men. You live 2000 years after Jesus was born. You know Jesus is the Light of the world. What do you have to offer a newborn king? I Peter 2:9 says to “declare the praises of him (God) who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Be a like the magi; worship Jesus today.