Seeking The King

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.’ ” — Matthew 2:1-6 (NIV)

I find it interesting that the Magi were seeking the King and the religious leaders of Israel were not.  How could those who were so close have been so far?  How could those who were supposed to be looking for the Messiah miss Him when He was right under their noses?  They knew the right answers.  They knew the Scriptures.  They had been to Sunday (Saturday?) school and had heard these things from the prophets for many years.  How did they miss Jesus?  It’s because they weren’t looking for Him.  The Magi came from far away and found Him because they were seeking the King.

I wonder if we are sometimes too close to see what is so obvious.  When it comes to the answers to the big questions of life, perhaps we miss them because we’re not seeking the right things.  What were the chief priests and teachers of Israel looking for that caused them to miss the Messiah?  I’m not really sure.  Maybe they were trying so hard to protect their positions and their power that they couldn’t focus on what really mattered most.  Maybe we miss the real meaning of Christmas because we’re too focused on other things.  The real message of Christmas is to seek the King who came to seek and save us.  We get too caught up in the season and all its trappings that we forget to take time to seek the Savior.  Maybe we’re too familiar with the story that we’ve lost its wonder.  Perhaps we’re more worried about following rules than about having a relationship with the God who desires that above everything else.  This year, don’t miss the Christ because you’re “celebrating” Christmas.  Seek the King!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me to seek YOU this year.  I don’t want to miss You because I’m more focused on things that don’t really matter.  Help me to make You the King of my heart and I ask this in Your holy name, amen.


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