January 6, 2020, is the celebration of Epiphany or the time that Jesus was revealed to the Gentiles, first to the Wise Men or the Magi or for some the Three Kings (the Bible does not that there were three Magi, only three gifts).
What can we learn from the visit of the Wise Men to Jesus as told in Matthew 2:1-12? Let me focus on the latter part of the story.
First, the Wise Men bowed down to Jesus alone. When they visited King Herod, the Bible says that they did not bow down to him. This is a significant part of the story. This means that the Wise Men acknowledged that there is someone greater than a ruling king. The Wise Men did not also bow down to Joseph nor Mary. This, too, is very significant.
We, too, should bow down to Jesus alone. Not to any leader or government, but only to the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Second, the Wise Men listened to a warning. God used the star at first to guide the Wise Men, and then later God used a dream to warn them. They were open to any sign that God used. Because of this, their lives were spared.
We, too, should be open to any revelation from God. Let us not be fixed on any religious event or symbol to wait for the epiphany from God. God can use anything. We should heed the warnings from God.
Third, the Wise Men returned to their home another route. The travel of the Wise Men to Bethlehem was arduous. They had to travel for many weeks, maybe more than a month, and only a star to guide them. Now, they have to go back to their country using another route that they have not tried. But they did it.
We, too, should find alternatives or other routes if the usual or traditional is not working. We should not be afraid to be trailblazers in our thoughts and actions. As with the olden times, and will be true in all ages, God will be with those who listen to Him.
Happy New Year again!
Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on