Journey to the Manger: Wise Men and Herod

Jackson works on his Journey to the Manger color by number of the Wise Men.

Jackson works on his Journey to the Manger color by number of the Wise Men.

Today, we went with the Wise Men to talk with King Herod on our Journey to the Manger.

When the Wise Men arrived in Judea, they went to the epicenter of the Jewish religion: Jerusalem. There they had an encounter with King Herod, who apparently did not know the King of the Jews had been born, and was not excited about the news. Herod inquired of the Jewish scribes, who told him Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Messiah.

In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall become a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”

– Matthew 2:5-6

Wise Men talk with Herod

Wise Men talk with Herod

The Wise Men had followed the leading of God Almighty to make their trek across the desert to see the newborn King. The Star God had placed in the sky served as their compass. They trusted God’s divine guidance to bring them into the Son of God’s presence. So when King Herod tried to pull a fast one on them and trick them into giving over the child’s location to end the threat to his reign, the Wise Men trusted God again. Warned in a dream given by God, the Wise Men returned home another way. The Magi proved they truly were wise by following God’s word above human authority.

Wisdom was desperately needed in the time Jesus entered as a baby, and in our day, too. Wisdom can only be found in God, in listening for His voice and following His command. The Wise Men understood that a God who could shape and create the stars deserved their attention and worship. God is worthy of our trust and our obedience.

 

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.

Journey to the Manger: Wise Men and the Star

Lauren navigates the last leg of our obstacle course.

Lauren navigates the last leg of our obstacle course.

Today on our Journey to the Manger, we followed the star with the Wise Men.

God placed the star in the sky when His Son was born to share the news with the entire world. He wanted every people of every nation, tribe and tongue to know the Messiah was here—and that the world would never be the same. God sent Himself to come and dwell among us!

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem.

– Matthew 2:1

Wise Men Follow the Star

Wise Men Follow the Star

Magi in the East recognized the shift in the skies and the new light that shone forth. They understood a King had been born, and were moved to go find him. The star guided them through the rough terrain to Jerusalem, and then on to Bethlehem. The wise men entered the presence of the King, and finally understood why they came. They fell to their knees and worshiped the Savior.

Today we jumped through an obstacle course in our home, as we considered the journey the wise men took. We wove around chairs, jumped over the ottoman, leaped from pillow to pillow and dove under the piano bench.

The star beckoned the entire earth to rejoice that the King of Kings had arrived! Jesus’ birth not only affected Bethlehem and the surrounding area, it changed the world, showcased by the star in the heavens. It transforms us even now.

Jesus came to reveal Himself to all mankind, and to you and me. For God so loved the world, that He gave His One and Only Son.

 

Click here to learn more about celebrating Advent with your family this Christmas, including access to a Scripture plan, free downloads and activity ideas. For more on Journey to the Manger, an advent experience from Focus on the Family, visit the Thriving Family website.