The new year often brings resolutions and vows of starting something new or starting over. This week marks the Epiphany on the Christian calendar. The visit of the three wise men to Bethlehem is commemorated by the Epiphany, or Old Christmas as it is called in some parts.
The arrival of the wise men to Jesus marked a key point in the ministry of Jesus. The wise men brought gifts to Jesus but also awareness of his arrival and his status as a king. Before going to Bethlehem to see Jesus, they had alerted King Herod of their journey and goals. They followed the ancient prophecies, but they also followed orders. The “star of wonder” led them to Jesus, but they listened to God when he told them to depart for home without a revisit to King Herod. As we start a new year, with hopes of new opportunities, we are reminded that even the wise men trusted in the Lord above their own understanding.
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.