The story of God’s creation points to the coming of Jesus thousands of years in the future.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Genesis 1:14
God made the heavenly bodies to serve as signs to his people. One of those signs would later be the star of Bethlehem to guide Wise Men to the baby Jesus so that they could bring gifts and worship him.
Why would the Wise Men be directed to take precious gifts to a baby born in a manger in a small town in the Middle East? Because this baby was not like any other baby. This baby was God in human flesh, arriving on earth to dwell among us and ultimately save us from our sins. The only sign fitting for such a momentous occasion was the movement of the heavens to proclaim the way for the journey to Jesus.
Today, you don’t need to travel to meet Jesus. He is knocking on the door of your heart. He wants to come in. All you have to do is believe.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea. This happened while Herod was king of Judea. After Jesus’ birth, Wise Men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the child who has been born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose. Now we have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard about it, he was very upset. Everyone in Jerusalem was troubled too. So Herod called together all the chief priests of the people. He also called the teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah was going to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied. “This is what the prophet has written. He said,
“ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are certainly not the least important among the towns of Judah.
A ruler will come out of you.
He will rule my people Israel like a shepherd.’ ” (Micah 5:2)
Then Herod secretly called for the Wise Men. He found out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem. He said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report it to me. Then I can go and worship him too.”
After the Wise Men had listened to the king, they went on their way. The star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them. It finally stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. The Wise Men went to the house. There they saw the child with his mother Mary. They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures. They gave him gold, frankincense and myrrh. But God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod. So they returned to their country on a different road. Matthew 2:1-12