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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the One who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship Him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “’But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a Ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold, and of incense and of myrrh.
– Matthew 2:1-11
The Magi set out to find the Christ when the star first appeared. It is probable that Jesus was two years old by the time the Magi found Him. When they found Him, they worshipped Him and presented Him with gifts fit for a king. These Persian royals recognized the sign in the heavens and set out on a four-year journey to find the Christ.
The Big Question
How does this fit with Matthew’s overall portrait of Christ? What can we learn from the perseverance of these Magi? What does your story of finding Jesus look like?
Conclude your time in prayer and silence, asking God to meet with you and speak to you today.