Matthew 2:1-2 – Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. (KJV)
Whenever I hear of the description "wise men" given to the magi, I immediately think of a very elderly Christian gentleman who attended my church and who had printed in large letters on his small suitcase the words, "Wise men are still seeking the King of kings". This gentleman may have been a little eccentric, but I really believe that it was not only an eye-catching phrase, but also it immediately flattered the readers with the word "wise" and enticed them to read on. If a reader appeared even a trifle interested, the owner of the suitcase was ready to give one or two Christian tracts or a word of gentle encouragement to the enquirer.
From a heavenly star, one is immediately connected to the symbol of the star of David (or Shield of David), the emblem of the Jewish nation, the nation in which Christ's earthly family background can be traced. The six-pointed Shield of David, formed by two triangles, is easily recognized by many people and nations in the world.
Today, we look to that little One, born of a woman, and given life by the gracious Holy Spirit, baby Jesus, Who was to become our shield and defender. It was to be through His death on the cross of Calvary that all the world might receive new spiritual life.
Psalm 91:4 – He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (NKJV)
Prayer: Our gracious heavenly Father, we are overwhelmed by the possibilities of Your truth, Your Christmas shield, with all its life-giving changes and its precious gifts of joy, peace, love, laughter, and finally, the indescribable Christmas gift of everlasting life. Thank You, Father, for Your gift — Your Son and our Saviour, Christ Jesus, offered to all nations and individuals of this world. We thank You! Amen.
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