Week 1: 

They Looked For Jesus

Many years ago around the time Jesus was born, there were three wise men (most likely astronomers, or people who study the stars) who traveled from their home country to Jerusalem to see Jesus. Jesus’ birth had been foretold for years, so they knew that the day would come and they were expecting Jesus’ birth. All they needed to do was wait on the sign of his birth, a twinkling star that would appear in the sky and show them the way to Jesus. After many years of searching and staring in the sky, they saw his star and knew that everything had just changed. Excited about their chance to meet the newborn king, they quickly gathered their things in the night and traveled miles and miles to see Him.

When they finally got to Jerusalem they had no clue where to go; they travelled through Jerusalem asking the same question to the local people:

“Where is the newborn king? We saw his star as it rose and we have come to worship him.”

The wise men spoke to everyone they could, and finally they discovered that we was supposed to be born in a small town called Bethlehem which was about six miles away from Jerusalem. So they saddled back up and rode to Bethlehem, the star guiding them. They were overjoyed when the star had settled right above Jesus: the long journey was finally over. They entered the room and laid eyes on baby Jesus who was wrapped up in swaddling clothes and laying in a manger.

What’s really amazing about this story is that the wise men were persistent in their attempts to find Jesus. They saw the star that signaled his birth, a sign that they had been probably waiting on for years, and when they saw it they knew that no matter what happened they were going to find Jesus. Despite all the obstacles they faced, they never stopped looking for Jesus and when they finally found him, all of the things that they went through were distant memories compared to the newborn king’s presence.

This holiday season can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s a very hard time of year. Even in our hard times, God is still in the middle of all of that fighting for us even when we can’t see how things will work out.

During this season lets be “looking for Jesus” to show up in our lives, positively change every hard thing we are facing and bring us peace!

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him...”

Matthew 2:10-11a