By: Rev. Marisa Brown-Ludwig
As we step over the threshold of the New Year, we are still walking with the story of Christmas, and the early life of the infant Christ. As characters in the story who show up some time after Jesus’ birth, perhaps the Magi have something to say to us in this first month of 2020!
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matt 2:1-2)
What was it the Magi understood about the special one who was born, some message of hope that the Magi saw in the rising of the Star? Whatever it was, they were willing to risk, to journey a long distance without knowing exactly where they were going. It is significant that this message then came not only to one people in one place but drew people from another country.
Perhaps it is this same message of hope that terrified Herod, and all of Jerusalem with him – so the scripture says.…