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Seeing Stars 
Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 01:57 PM - Extra Christy, Christmas
Our friend was waiting for the green arrow to turn right when, CRUNCH! Our shaken traveler got out to angry howl of the offending driver: "WE HAVE RIGHT ON RED IN THIS STATE!" To which the response came: "But you don't HAVE to."

Why do some people move when they don't have to stir? Why do others not budge when they have the opportunity? These questions come to me when the magi (or astrologers) bump into King Herod and his advisers surprising him with the news they have star proclaiming a new king in this state! Didn't Herod and the magi share the same sky? Yet even after our stay at home friends get the news and find where the turns should take them, they don't go with the magi...they don't have to.

You don't have to turn right at a red light. You don't have to follow the star to the ruler who will shepherd God's people. Yet if you go where you can when you can seeking Christ, you just might be overwhelmed with joy. The chances are much better than if you wait until getting a push!

The magi saw the light and turned toward Bethlehem and found the one who sets all things right. They didn't have to, they went anyway. Maybe that is why we call them "wise men".

Turning Right

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men* from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, 'Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,* and have come to pay him homage.' When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah* was to be born. They told him, 'In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
"And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd* my people Israel." '

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men* and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, 'Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.' When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,* until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped,* they were overwhelmed with joy. -- Matthew 2:1-10 (NRSV)


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