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Led by the star

God beckons us to new places

The story of the three wise men may be so familiar that we don't really hear it anymore. For example, there is no mention of the star leading the wise men to Bethlehem from their homes in the East. The account in the second chapter of Matthew says only: "We observed his star at its rising and have come to pay him homage."  

The wise men apparently had seen a remarkable star appear in the sky and had deduced that it announced the birth of the king of the Jews. They assumed the king would be born in the Jewish capital, so they headed right to Jerusalem.

The wise men apparently had seen a remarkable star appear in the sky and had deduced that it announced the birth of the king of the Jews. They assumed the king would be born in the Jewish capital, so they headed right to Jerusalem.

Bad choice. They didn't find the true king. Instead they walked into the court of Herod, a puppet of Rome.

The search of the maybe-not-100 percent wise men is like the spiritual search of many folks today. They feel an inner emptiness, a vague dissatisfaction with their lives.


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