After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” ... When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. -Matthew 2:1-2,10-11 NIV
Jesus was born. Angels came to Shepherds. Shepherds came to the manger to see Jesus. Jesus was circumcised in Jerusalem eight days later. Mary, Joseph and Jesus were now living in Bethlehem. They were beginning to settle in to married life. And then there was a knock on the door. Mary was alone with her son when strangers came bearing gifts. These men had been directed by a star to her son. They worshiped when they beheld his face. Soon all would change and this young family would be running for their lives. And the Magi, these mysterious men, brought gifts that would help them on their journey. And on Christmas Day we remember God's provision for this young family when we give gifts.
... this devotion is part of an ongoing Advent series.