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ANOTHER JOURNEY

Once again the star appeared to them, guiding them to Bethlehem.

Matthew 2: 9b


All these journeys! They are a good reminder of the fact that all through our lives we are on a journey at the end of which we believe we too will come face to face with the Lord Jesus.


    We don’t know for how long the Magi had been travelling but eventually they reached Jerusalem the most important city of the Jewish Nation and where they might expect a very important person to be born. Also, the Jewish king, Herod, lived there and possibly the person they sought would be a prince, a future king. That must be why it was they went first to the Palace.


    The angels had suggested to the shepherds when they started their journey that that was not where He was to be found. The Magi had no clue but followed the star. It must therefore have appeared to be moving .


    The arrival of the very rich and powerful men must have caused a stir!


    They may have taken with them on their journey, servants, supplies, guards a whole retinue of people to meet their every need. Perhaps trumpets were sounded causing dogs to bark and crowds to gather. This would altogether have been a very noisy entrance.


    This is all in my imagination but surely a possibility.

  

   The journey certainly would not have been easy; thieves and thugs must have kept an eye on such rich pickings as the Magi travelled along the roads and wherever they set up camp for the night. Perhaps also they had to endure adverse weather conditions such as sand storms, very cold nights and extremely hot days. I wonder if they ever felt like giving up?


  The main thing is that they didn’t! They kept going until they found the Christ.

Do we ever feel like giving up when the going gets tough? When the sand storms of problems blow upon us, the details of them blinding us to the truth about Christ, and when our faith grows cold and there is no longer joy in it and we have lost the feeling of warmth that the presence of Christ can give us, or when the heat from the pressures and stresses of our work and witness exhaust us, so that eventually we feel we just can’t go on, what do we do?


   We look up and seek the light of Christ to continue to guide us and lead us on!

Jesus Himself is our star and He is always there.

                                                                                  AMEN.