Matthew 2:7–12 (ESV)
The Visit of the Wise Men
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the
child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until
it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother,
and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another
God uses a star, Scripture, and a dream to guide the Magi on their way to and from Bethlehem. They are the first of many Gentiles to worship Jesus.
Today, through His Word, the Father guides people of all nations to Christ. Jesus is the “star” the Father provided for us so that we can see our Savior. The Holy Spirit works faith in our hearts through the Gospel, and like the Magi, we joyfully
offer our gifts of thanksgiving to Jesus.
I pray: “Holy Spirit, light divine, Shine upon this heart of mine; … Let me
see my Savior’s face, Let me all His beauties trace; Show those glorious truths to me Which are only known to Thee.” Amen. (LSB 496:1–2)
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (p. 1580). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.