Matthew 2:1-12, “1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen HIS STAR in the East and have come to worship Him.”
There are many things in the history of the bible when looked at carefully are foreshadows of greater things to come. They all point to Jesus and to make Him more brighter than they all.
In this chapter, Christ is born in the days of Herod the king. A king had been born in the midst of another king threatening the existing king. In the midst of all these, the bible also brings to light the wise men from the east. “These were perhaps the first fruits of the Gentiles. Probably they were Gentile philosophers, who, through the Divine assistance, had improved their knowledge of nature, as a means of leading to the knowledge of the one true God. It is not unreasonable to suppose that God had favored them with some extraordinary revelation of Himself, as he did Melchisedec, Job, and several others, who were not of the family of Abraham”
We see that these wise men came to Jerusalem for one purpose to find He who was born king and worship Him. And the only way they could find Him was to be led by not just any star but by HIS STAR as recorded. Four things happened in the presence of the star 1. They saw the star and realized it was telling them something about a king, 2. They followed the star to find out more, 3. They were then led by the star to where they needed to be (vs. 9, “…the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the young Child was”) and, 4.They rejoiced in seeing the star,(vs. 10. “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy”)
Is the star here not a foreshadow of the promise of the Father? I think in our time many of what we call the work of the Holy Spirit is off focus. Many equate His work as to giving people feelings, ecstasy, emotions, falling down etc. Here is a picture of HIS STAR, the Holy Spirit who reveals to us Himself, then draws us to Himself then leads us to the King of kings to worship Him. In this we rejoice in the Holy Spirit, we even praise Him primarily not because He has revealed Himself but rather, He has led us to the One who deserves the glory. Here is what Jesus said primarily of the work of the Holy Spirit, John 16:13-15, “ However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you”.
“There seems to be a great danger of losing sight of the fact that Jesus was ‘all in all.’ The work of Calvary, the atonement, must be the center for our consideration. The Holy Ghost will never draw our attention from Christ to Himself, but rather reveal Christ in a fuller way. We are in danger of slighting Jesus – getting Him ‘lost in the temple,’ by the exaltation of the Holy Ghost and of the gifts of the Spirit. Jesus must be the center of everything.”, David Wilkerson. Colossians 1:18-19, “And He is the head of the body, the Church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell… ” (KJV). “Any work that exalts the Holy Ghost or ‘gifts’ above Jesus will finally end up in fanaticism. Whatever causes us to exalt and love Jesus is well and safe. The reverse will ruin all. The Holy Ghost is a great light, but focused on Jesus always for His revealing. “Where the Holy Ghost is actually in control, Jesus is proclaimed the Head – the Holy Ghost, His executive.” David Wilkerson
The wise men did not see the star and begin to pay great attention to it even though its presence was very important and must be acknowledged. Perhaps back in the day they could have been excited to see such a unique star, however something about this star was different. The star was on a mission and so is the Holy Spirit is on a mission to glorify Christ.
If what is operating in you is not revealing Christ in a fuller sense through the word, prayers, leading you to worship Him as He ought to be worshipped, not revealing to you who you really are and who He really is, or letting you glorify him above Christ, I wonder if His Star, the Holy Spirit is at work in your life. Don’t lose focus of His presence and purpose. Blessings Ev
- Lest We Lose Focus, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- A Christless Pentecost, Part 1of5, Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- A Christless Pentecost, Part 3of5, David Wilkerson Inspired by Frank Bartleman (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- A Christless Pentecost, Part 4of6, David Wilkerson Inspired by Frank Bartleman (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- A Christless Pentecost, Part 2of5, David Wilkerson Inspired by Frank Bartleman (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)