After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2: 1-11 (NIV)
Lord open my heart to the lessons of the Magi.
They must have studied first because they knew the meaning of the star.
Teach me and show me what to study so I am ready when You call.
The Magi knew what they needed to do. Their priority was to find the King and worship Him.
Show me Your way, Lord so I too may bow down before You and clearly see You everywhere.
The Wise men sought You, Lord with determination and single-mindedness.
May I always seek after You too, only You.
When they saw Your star, they were overjoyed.
Lord let us dance together in Your starlight.
And when they saw Mary and her baby, they kneeled on bended knee with devotion and adoration.
With a humble heart, tiptoeing into the manger scene, I too take my place, praising Your coming.
The Magi opened their treasures, gifts they brought from away.
Lord I give you all I have, all I am, and all I will be – brought not from afar but from the bottom of my heart and the depth of my soul.
As You once guided the steps of these Wise men, lead me too in Your wisdom and light.