Sunday, December 18, 2011

Star of Wonder

During this time leading up to Christmas, I thought it might be nice to share a new Christmas song by JJ's a remake of the song "We Three Kings of Orient Are," though with many new lyrics, it stands out as a new song as well.  We'll listen to it as a live performance this'll get to know JJ and her husband a bit.

There were kings of the orient
Bringing gifts to the child
Through the fields and deserts they came
Messiah was worth every mile

Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Gold and frankincense, myrrh the perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrow, sighing, bleeding and dying
Sealed in the stone cold tomb

Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and sacrifice
Allelujah, Allelu
Sounds through the earth and the skies

Since this song is about the 3 Wise men, I thought it might be nice to revisit their story.  Their adventure is described in the book of Matthew.

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.”
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 Messiah 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 shepherd 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 search carefully 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 when it rose 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 worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Matthew 2: 1-12

As I began to research these wise men, I soon discovered that many of the details that we envision of them aren't actually mentioned in the Bible.  The Bible doesn't say how many of them there are, how they traveled, and it doesn't say that they found Mary and Jesus in the stable...they were found in a house, perhaps after some time had passed.  The story has evolved over the centuries as people have given the men names, assumed that they rode on camels and that there were 3 of them because of the 3 gifts, speculated that they may have been Kings, etc. 

Regardless, it's a wonderful story of faithful believers that followed God's signs to meet the child who would eventually change the world.  Their giving of precious gifts to the child helps to remind us why we give gifts at this time of year.  Their faith in God's guidance and protection is powerful and a great example for us all.  May you look for God's signs in your life journey to point you to Jesus, "the Messiah who is worth every mile." 

Merry Christmas, and may God bless you.

1 comment:

  1. The more I get into The Word, the more I realize just how little I know.

    Merry Christmas Gretchen!