Travelling like the Magi

17 December 2017

Travelling like the Magi
Written by Anne-Claude Jonah, TLM Representative in French-speaking Switzerland.

In the introduction of a Christmas’ drama it was said:

“Jesus, if you had to come these days, don’t come at Christmas; you would find nobody to welcome you. People are too busy finding gifts and preparing a special meal...”

What does Christmas mean for me; am I too busy to meet Jesus?

I invite you to take some minutes to travel with the Magi. In Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12 (NIV) it’s written:

‘After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”’ (Verses 1-2)

‘After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.’  (Verses 9-12)

They stood up and went (verse 1)

I imagine the Magi looking high in the sky, finding some wonderful things happening. They are in their own world. Finally something happened: a special star appeared, shining with a special message! They decided to follow the star, to stand up, to go and walk a long way.

- Am I ready to leave my routine to go to meet Jesus? 

They arrived and asked (verse 2)

We don’t know quite what happened when the Magi arrived in Jerusalem. Did they lose the star because of the lights of the city or were they so sure to find a king in the palace that they went directly there? But we know that they asked a question to a person supposed to know (King Herod). It’s not always the people we expect to know better who will give us the answers.

They continued and found (verse 10)

Even if they were wrong, they didn’t give up, they continued full of joy. What a joy it was to see again the light when they were in the darkness, in doubts. Finally they arrived and met Mary and Jesus who were living in a house and no more in the stable! 

- Am I keen to continue the way after difficulties?

They adored and changed (verses 11-12)

When they arrived, they adored Jesus. They offered Him all they brought, all the expensive gifts they had. After they obeyed God, they decided to return home by another way. God became their reference, they didn’t follow the star anymore. They didn’t stay in the presence of Jesus even if it was good, they returned to their world.

- Do I give to Jesus all I have? Is He the Lord of all my life, or are there some places that I want to stay the master? Can it feel too “expensive” to leave Him all?

When I take time to meet Jesus I’m no more the same, I return to my routine by another way!
 
Anne-Claude Jonah works for TLM Switzerland as Representative for the French-speaking part of the country. With her Malagasy husband and their two daughters, they were missionaries in Madagascar for six years.
 
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