Today (January 6th) is Epiphany – a day to remember the wise men visiting Jesus and salvation extending to the gentiles. Matthew 2 details the account.
The wise men travelled from the east following a sign in the sky anticipating the birth of the king of the Jews. They stopped first in Herod’s household in Jerusalem, expecting the new king would be at the least welcomed and honored by the royal household if not born into royal lineage (a little more next of kin than King David).
Instead they found a baby who was born in a stable to parents of no significance. And yet, despite finding an underwhelming king of the Jews, they bow down in worship and present him with their best treasures and gifts. Could you do the same?
In the book On This Holy Night: The Heart of Christmas, John Maxwell shares three lessons from the three wise men. When wise men find a stable, they:
- Look for God in both the good and the bad.
- Offer their very best to God all for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- They change their direction allowing that stable experience to transform them.
Maxwell thoughtfully asks: “What happens when you’ve been following a star, and it leads you to a stable? What happens when all of a sudden, after thinking that something grand and glorious would be at the other end, you end up in the backyard of a barn? And there, instead of a palace and a king on a throne, you find a little baby held by his mother. It’s nothing like you anticipated. How do you react when you follow the star and find a stable?”
Author: Rebecca Burroughs, DAI Development Officer–Donor Relations, cultivates donor relationships and overseeing donor database management. She serves on the board of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado bringing her experience in advocacy, communications, event planning and fundraising to the social justice arena.