For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship Him.“
I attended a talk recently that focused on a few paintings, and this was one that was featured for the story of the magi. I was thankful for the several minutes of quiet time that we were given to reflect on the painting and everything it says.
What struck me about this painting was that the focus of the painting & the magi’s quest is not even present, yet it says so much about Him.
Someone at the talk raised the question about the historical validity of the story of the magi. Are we really to believe that men from the east came to worship the infant Jesus? The presenter just shrugged. Granted, her talk was not focused on the historical validity of the Gospels; it was on art. But I wish I would have raised my hand to comment on the skepticism.
We profess to believe that the omnipotent God came to earth. At a particular time in history, in a particular village, the Son of God was born to a woman, entering this temporal world to save us from our sins. That God died on the cross for us, and on the third day, rose from the dead.
We don’t question that. But we question the fact that magi from the east came to worship Him?
This has always been one of my favorite feasts. Let us join the caravan of the truly wise men and lay down the gift of our lives in humble service to our newborn King.