When they saw the special star that God put in the sky to announce the birth of his Son, the wise men began a long journey to find him. They traveled for a very long time until they came to Herod, the king of Israel. They asked Herod where to find Jesus. Do you remember that God had promised long ago that Jesus would be born in the city of Bethlehem? Herod learned this and he told the wise men. But Herod was a bad man. He didn’t want the baby Jesus to grow up and be God’s great king. So he asked the wise men to come back and tell him where Jesus was. He said he wanted to worship Jesus, but he didn’t. He wanted to get rid of Jesus. On the way to Bethlehem, the star rose for the wise men and led them to the house where Jesus and his parents were. When they saw the star again, they were so happy! They came into the house and saw the young Jesus, and they knew who he was. They worshipped him. But they didn’t go back and tell King Herod, because God was protecting his Son Jesus.
Dear God, we praise you because you are in control of the stars in the sky and all of the people on the earth. We are so thankful that you had a great plan for Jesus to come. We pray that many people from many places would come to find Jesus. Amen.
Bible Readings: Isaiah 60:1-14; Matthew 2:13-23