Are you looking for Jesus this Christmas? The Magi were looking for Jesus to worship the baby king. Herod was threatened by Jesus’ birth and his was a false worship The women came to Jesus’ tomb looking for him to honor him. Would you seek out the Saviour today?
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 when it rose and have come to worship him.”
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 search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
For whom are you looking this Christmas? The Magi saw the star of Bethlehem and they made a long trip from the east over two years to find Jesus because they discerned that the King of the Jews had been born. The Magi were looking for Jesus to worship the baby king.
Herod became aware of the Magi’s search and Herod was threatened by Jesus’ birth. He wanted to find Jesus to ‘worship’ him. His worship was a false worship which really intended to harm the Lord and protect his own political power.
The women came to Jesus’ tomb looking for him to honor him after his death. They came to anoint him with spices and care for him in death as he had cared for them in life. Yet Jesus wasn’t there. He was risen. The angel said, I know for whom you look. He isn’t here. He is risen, just as he said.
For whom are you looking this Christmas? Are you looking for the Lord who cares for you? Are you coming from afar and following the star or a sign which God provided to lead you to Jesus? Are you looking to worship the baby king who is also Saviour of the world?
Know this: Jesus fulfilled his purpose in coming to earth. He fulfilled his purpose in rising from the dead. Jesus is not in the tomb – he is alive in victory over sin and death. Hr is to be worshiped for who he is and what he has done.
We can find him in the manger and we can find him in our hearts. Seek him out and worship the king – Jesus…