ADVENT Meditation: Dec. 15 - Matthew 2 (Brian Bamforth)

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When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.

Why,  in verse 10, are the wise men described as " overwhelmed with  joy?"  Perhaps because God, in the course of preparing His world for the coming of Jesus,  had worked several miracles for them that we might call today "conversion."  

At  the beginning of chapter two, they  were rich non-Jewish pagans who lived far from Judea  and  had been mystified by a miraculous new star in the heavens . They  then,  in some unexplained and  miraculous way  became aware of a child who had  just  been born "king of the Jews."  Further, they  were told, miraculously,  to "come to pay him homage."

When they spoke to King Herod in Jerusalem, who as king of Judea was familiar with the Jewish anticipation of a Messiah, he connected their story with the Messiah doctrine,  fearfully and  craftily asked the priests where the  Messiah  was prophesied to be born, and sent them to Bethlehem,  where they experienced "overwhelming joy."   Let's all strive to make  the Christmas we are anticipating during  Advent this year,  and all of 2017,  filled with joy!