DAY 11

The Star

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Matthew 2:1-12

Once the Jesus had been born, God put a bright and blazing star in the night sky. This star served as God’s sign to all creation that the promised One—the light of the world—had finally come to rescue a people in darkness. One group of wealthy wise men from far off had been waiting for this amazing sign. After celebrating, they packed their camels, wrapped costly gifts and set off on a long journey to go and worship the king. When they finally came to the humble home, it seemed unfit for a king. Filled with wonder, the wise-men gave Jesus their best as they bowed before Him in worship. As it turns out, Jesus would go on to give us His best—His own life! This is why Jesus is worthy of our worship and this is what Christmas is truly all about.

Here are two questions to reflect on and discuss as a family or on your own:

  1. What is the true meaning of Christmas?

  2. Imagine the moment when the wise men finally saw baby Jesus, swaddled in the humble manger. What would have been your reaction?

Pray: “Jesus, I desire to worship You as my King just as the wise men worshipped You! Show me what this looks like now. Grant me the willingness to worship You in costly ways this Christmas.”

As a Family: Give everyone 4 minutes to run and find a gift they have received in the past that they love. Have everyone run back and share why they liked getting that gift. Go over why the wise men brought Jesus gifts, and why we give gifts at Christmas.

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