On Good Authority

2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; For out of you shall come forth a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” 9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. Matthew 2:1-12

The magi were pretty specific on who they came to worship; the King of the Jews.


It’s very interesting that learned men knew exactly where this King would be born, and that he would be the nation’s Messiah. Micah prophesied this news centuries before (Micah 5:2).

If a modern-day ruler asked a question about the status of the same King of the Jews, there’d be even more specifics on his itinerary! Don’t miss the fact that this prediction came absolutely 100 percent true.

I ask you, is there reason to disbelieve or ignore the same source, i.e. the Bible, that the Lord’s return is imminent?

Then I find it interesting that a sign (the star) was used to draw non-Jews to worship this king. When God’s on the move, and wants something to happen, he puts the players in motion, and he can break the laws of nature to do it.

What’s sad is the reaction that comes from supposedly “learned people” to the prospect of the Lord returning (we know where, but not when). My wife was talking to a regular church-goer and was sharing that, from what she could see, it looked like the Lord was preparing to return. This lady responded, “Well, I certainly hope not!”

So then, I ask, what on earth would be worth hoping for instead?

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for nearly 45 years and counting.
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