The Star and the Scriptures

Posted on November 15, 2010


What is the first question in the New Testament? It was asked by the wise men in Matthew 2:2. “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”

The obvious answer to this question is Bethlehem. That is where Jesus was born. The wise men “saw His star at its rising” and had followed it to Israel. The Jews, who knew the scriptures very well, pointed them to Bethlehem where the Christ was to be born. As they went, the star reappeared and led them through Bethlehem right to the place where Jesus was.

What is the answer to this question today? “Where is He…?” Even as a Christian, its still a difficult question to answer.

The wise men had 3 things: the scriptures, the shining star, and the desire to find Jesus. We also must have a “star,” a living, heavenly vision. Many times, our life is like the night. We need a star to guide us. How do we get this star? 2 Peter 1:19 says: “we have the prophetic word made more firm, to which you do well to give heed as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” By giving heed to the word, a star will rise in our hearts.

This leads us to the second thing we need: the Word, the scriptures. The star and the scriptures always correspond. We need both. If you have a star without the scriptures, you will get lost like the wise men. If you only have the scriptures, you will never find Christ either, just like the knowledgeable Jews. We need both.

Finally, we need a heart for Christ. The wise men offered gifts to Christ because they had a heart for Him. We must ask, “Lord, give me a heart that seeks You.” Then, we will know where He is, and we will be able to “give heed” to the living star and the written Word. May we seek Christ by giving heed to the Word until the star rises within us.