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.” (Matthew 2:1-2 NIV)
Many of us travel during Christmas time. We get on planes and hop in cars in the hopes of a wonderful time with family or friends. We expect to have a great time. We expect tough conversations with family members, and this year we will do our best to avoid political discussions. If you think about it, we are not that different from the Magi.
They obviously did not care what King Herod thought about the baby born, named Jesus. They just knew in their hearts it was right to go and honor Him. By the time they arrived, Jesus was being presented in the temple as a walking and talking baby boy. They arrived after a long journey to see God wrapped in a toddler’s skin.
Their hopes and dreams for the world relied on a frail, young child teetering about. Yet, they brought their gifts in the hope that this child would radically change their world.
What if we thought in these same terms?
This Christmas, let’s bring our gifts to the most precious people in our lives. Let us make those gifts our kindness and love, which is more difficult than purchasing gifts. Let’s show others that we made a journey to share God’s love with the hope of peace on earth, or at least peace on Christmas.