What led you to become a disciple of Christ Jesus?
While our Christmas pageant tells of three kings, the Gospel of Matthew calls them Magi, typically translated as wise men, but more appropriately wiseguys, for they were horoscope fanatics willing to travel for months if not years to find a sign that they could use (misuse?) to tell the future. Since Herod slaughtered all the boys in or around Bethlehem under two, the Magi might have taken a whole year, perhaps longer, to find Jesus and Mary.
In our modern culture many people seek meaning in and for life. Some in ways that the Church ridicules.
According to Matthew, these horoscope fanatics, after seeing the one who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light, they go home by another way. The obvious reading is to say they took an alternate route. But since the Christian faith became known in its early years as the Way, perhaps they went home with an alternate way of faith.
This Sunday we will ordain and install Ruling Elders. Some have been re-elected to this way of service and will experience new and renewed challenges. Two candidates will take their first steps on a new way of faith expression. These steps of generosity of time and talents are laudable and worthy of our thanks and praise. Please wear red to worship in honor of what the Holy Spirit is doing in and through these leaders.
I will have more to say about Matthew 2:1-12 at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church at 8:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 6th.
Robert Shaw, Pastor
A Tip for Parents
The star and the gifts of the Magi fulfills a prophecy in Isaiah 60:1-6.
I will ask the children how they might be stars for Jesus, guiding other people to experience the joy of that they have experienced in Church.