When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
Matthew 2:10

Over the last few days, I have seen a number of Christmas trees around the town. They have all been colourfully decorated. The bible verse above draws our attention to the star that is often attached to the top of a Christmas tree.

The bible tells us the story of the wise men, or Magi, who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. They gave Him gold, frankincense and myrrh – gifts that were worthy to give to the newborn king of the Jews. They had seen a bright star in the sky. They knew that something special had happened. So they followed the star and travelled a long way to see what God was doing.

As they journeyed, the wise men would have grown weary. Perhaps they may have started to doubt the wisdom of their trip. They did not know exactly where they were being led. But they kept
going. They wanted to see this new king who had been born. The star led them to the small town of Bethlehem, to a stable and a baby lying in a manger.

I am sure that the wise men were shocked! They were seeking the new king but instead found a baby in a stable. But our bible verse says that they were overjoyed.

The bible tells us that God, who is present in our world, is often hidden. And that is what the wise men found – the new king of the Jews was hiding in a very unexpected place, without the glory that we would usually expect a royal baby to have.

We do not have a star to follow like the wise men. Instead, we are invited to follow Jesus and to watch for where God lies hidden in everyday life. But it can often be hard for us to see what God is
doing in our lives and in our world. So, Jesus through the Holy Spirit, has promised to be with us as we journey with him, discovering and growing in the unconditional love of our heavenly Father.

The gift of baby Jesus at that first Christmas, is a gift that God wants to keep giving to the whole world, even some 2000 years later.

We don’t have a star to follow, instead we have Jesus to follow.

To finish, may the joy, hope and peace of Jesus be yours this Christmas season. I wish you all a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Alan Connah | Principal