If your looking for a sign, it was prophesied, that is: the coming of the Messiah's birth. The first of five confirmations begins to tell the story--of the greatest story ever told. The story celebrated for some two thousand years. It's a love story from beginning to end....A story where a young virgin mother kisses her child shielded beneath the protection of Joseph. He is the descendant of King David. This story to which many songs have been written, such as: "Mary did you know?" Its not a Christmas carol, but is one of my favorites. She will begin to know soon when encountered by Simeon at the Temple.
The shedding of light written years prior to the actual "light" event was found in the Old Testament readings, some 500 years before the actual birth of Christ. The Tanakh was said to have been studied by the three kings -- and it spoke of a great star that will rise. At its appearance, they began the trek over the rugged desert for close to a thousand miles to worship the One who was born King of the Jews in a town called Bethlehem, in Judea, bringing with them, appropriate gifts suitable for a king.
I currently display candles and a huge star in my kitchen window, and some small versions here and there to remind me of "light" a sign which led a group of wise men, who studied the religious texts leading them to the place where the story begins. They bring gifts and worship Him. But the reality is that He is the gift. The gift for all mankind and for all time.
How much I wonder, was it about that star, or it was really about illumination? After all, Jesus is the Light of the World...Whatever the reason, three men known as astronomers, diviners and wise men know the importance of this great happening. Why else would they make such a long and dangerous journey following a star in the east, and, at a substantial cost to "worship their king?" They didn't call them wise men for nothing....Amazingly, the Magi hid the news from the terrible Herod who saught to kill Him. The three kings who were, no doubt, "enlightened".
There is a beautiful song -- "We Three Kings of Orient Are, ....(the last line) is their testimony and nails it for me. "Guide us to Thy perfect Light"....
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