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Salvation by Participation

Monday, December 14, 2020

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Matthew 2:2 – ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.

There has always been a lot of mystery around the Magi in the Christmas story. Many believe the Magi were upper class priests from Persia who would have been familiar with prophecies of Christ from the captivity of Israelite slaves in Babylon. In fact, Daniel gives a specific prophetic timeline as to when the Messiah would show up on the scene.

While there is some mystery as to who the Magi were, we can learn a couple of important lessons from them. The Magi were a group who were paying attention to outward patterns that matched inward patterns, leading them to participate in worshipping Christ the King.

Christ’s star has been shining and rising for over 2,000 years. As the Psalmist says, “The heavens tell of the glory of God…Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge…as the sun has a pattern and order, so the law of the Lord is perfect restoring the soul, making wise the simple, rejoicing the heart (Psalm 19:1-2, 6-8).” Are you paying attention to what the creation is declaring of God? Are you seeing the patterns and laws of creation as matching the inward need for the laws of the Lord?

Upon the Magi arriving in Jerusalem to inquire of Christ, the chief priests and scribes were able to identify where this Christ was to be born, in Bethlehem. However, they did not join in the short travel to participate in worshipping the King of the Jews. We must not only pay attention to what all of creation is declaring, we must be wise enough to participate in worshipping our creator, Jesus Christ, the King of the Jews.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, you have declared that those who are wise turn others to righteousness, and shine like the stars above. Help me to pay careful attention to the glory of Christ in me that I may participate in worshipping Him with the gifts you have given. Amen.