December 20, 2023

A Special Assignment

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem.”—Matthew 2:1 NASB

An important class of people in ancient Persia, the magi were expected to have a special understanding, grasping the meaning of events in the heavens and correctly interpreting the signs of the times. Persians took their role seriously. As a result, these men were respected and often held important positions in their religion and government.

History has many examples of their interpretations. One example occurred when the temple of Artemis at Ephesus burned down in 356 BC. It burned the night when Alexander the Great was born. Magi interpreted this as an omen of calamities that soon would befall their empire.

The magi who came to worship Jesus surely were highly regarded in their homeland. As men serious about their mission, they did not cross hundreds of miles in dangerous conditions based on mere feelings. They must have been confident their interpretation was correct.

These men followed signs from the stars packed with a distinctive message. From their trained observations, they discovered that all creation pointed to the birth of a unique King, a King so special they were willing to embark on a dangerous journey just to worship Him, honor Him, and present Him with gifts.

Today, the signs still point to this one Savior. He truly is Christ the Lord. Bring Him your gifts. Seek Him with your whole heart. Worship Him. Celebrate His birth. Let everyone know He is your Lord.

Reflection Question: What gift will you offer Jesus this Christmas?

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to this earth for me. I dedicate my time, talents, and treasures to You. I worship You. In Your name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 2

Prayer
Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to this earth for me. I dedicate my time, talents, and treasures to You. I worship You. In Your name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Matthew 2