“Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”

Jesus will be found when sought with an open heart, as we find in Matthew 2:1-12.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
in the days of King Herod,
behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying,
Where is the newborn king of the Jews?
We saw his star at its rising
and have come to do him homage.”
When King Herod heard this,
he was greatly troubled,
and all Jerusalem with him.
Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people,
He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea,
for thus it has been written through the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
since from you shall come a ruler,
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the magi secretly
and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said,
“Go and search diligently for the child.
When you have found him, bring me word,
that I too may go and do him homage.”
After their audience with the king they set out.
And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,
until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.
They were overjoyed at seeing the star,
and on entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.

Where is the newborn king of the Jews? In our hearts. If our search for Him is not in our hearts, we will not find Him. And so, those who do not in truth search for Him, they will never find Him. Herod didn’t want to find the Messiah, the Savior, he wanted to find his rival. And so he didn’t find the Christ Child. We must seek Him out in our hearts if we are ever to find Him.

While the magi may not have thought of the Christ Child as the Messiah, the Savior, they did seek Him out with pure hearts and without malice. On the other hand, we don’t know what they thought of “the newborn king of the Jews” — did they understand He was the Messiah?  They were astrologers but had open minds. And they came to do Him homage. And the star of Bethlehem led them to Jesus the Christ Child.

Those who do not seek to believe will not find Jesus. They must first be open to faith. If you are open to faith, you will find Him. If you are having difficulty finding Him, be patient. God acts in His own good time. The magi weren’t transported immediately to the manger. They had to follow a star across desolate lands. And so your journey may also have to be. But with an open, willing heart, you, too, will find Jesus. Be steadfast and of good heart.

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