Three Wisemen In Search Of A King

Do you know, the Wisemen did not find Jesus until “the Child” was about two and a half/three years old?
They’d been in pursuit of the star for a really, REALLY long time before they made it to the King of Kings.
On top of that, they /followed/ this star.
These Wisemen were magicians ((magi is short for the word we translate into “Magician”)).
In bible times that meant that they were stargazers. They studied the heavens and kept continual watch over what was going on in the night sky.
They could tell you everytime a star moved, everytime a star vanished, how the planets moved, charted eclipses, watched the moon phases… and they probably figured out the earth was round before Galileo. But anyway.
So these wisemen one day notice something really special happening on the heavens. A star has appeared, and it’s greater than all of the other ones.
They get together, discuss it, and search to find out what it means.
Prophecy after prophecy is uncovered and suddenly!!

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……..They find it!!

A King is born, peace on earth, Angels sing.
They chart the skies, buy gifts and set out to follow this star.

And they follow it.

…..and follow it.

…..and follow it…….

One of them turns to the other and asks, “Is it just me or does that star keep moving?”
They agree it is, slightly frustrated I’m sure…. but they keep following.

Imagine what it must have been like traveling for two years, following a star, in search for a baby king?
Can you grasp the concept of what people might have thought of them?
But they PURSUED despite the desert, the heat, the winter… until their faith was rewarded and they found the toddler, and his parents in a small house, living as a quiet family, raising the Savior of the World.

How many of you would suffer two years of travel and ridicule in pursuit of Christ?
They stopped in to King Herod, thinking that Herod might know of a baby prince. When Herod did not, they kept looking…

…and when they found Him, they rejoiced together and declared the King of Kings had come to save the world, and then they went back to their home lands.

Funny end to that story.
Pursuit for two years, and then they go home.What happened to them is a mystery left to the veil.

But what about you?
When you connect with the awaited Christ, what will you do about it?
And if you already have…. are you telling everyone?

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The Image Of God

“How long, O you sons of men, will you turn my Glory to shame? How long will you love worthlessness and seek falsehood?” Psalms 4:2

After living and relishing the lies that I wasn’t good enough for so many years, and loving and embracing the feeling of worthlessness, God has begun to wake up my sleeping, broken heart to tell me who I am and what I am expected to become.

This verse was the first that God took me to when I pulled out the new NKJV bible my mom recently gave me.

Did you know that as a human being, you ARE the Glory of God?
And every time you treat yourself with contempt, you shame that Glory.
Every self-inflicted burden, every self-inflicted lie, every self-inflicted pain…. anything that makes you feel inferior is shaming the Glory of God.
YOU have been made in His image, and because of that, you HAVE worth, you HAVE a purpose, and you have a reason to live.
The Lord has set you apart for Himself, and He will hear when you call to Him, because you are important.

How do you love worthlessness?

I am a pain addict. I revel in worthlessness and feeling like I’m not good enough. I’m very prone to inflicting myself with emptiness and filling my emotions with depression and things that will make me feel less and less like a human being, and more like a vapor that will disappear and no one will notice.
Sometimes I seek the people or things that will feed me the lies to encourage my worthlessness.

But I am the image of the Glory of God!
“Male and Female, in His image, He created them.” Gen. 1:27
In Genesis 1:26-27 He said “in [my, our, His] Image” three times.
We radiate the Glory of God, and every time we degrade ourselves, we put the Glory of God to shame!

“Do not call unclean what the Lord has made clean.” Acts 10:15
Because of the bloodshed of Jesus Christ, the deity whose image WE bear, we have been made Holy. So why do we live in worthlessness?
Why do we crave the emptiness?
Why do we desire to be hopeless and broken?