Arise, shine, for you light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and king to the brightness of your dawn
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 King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 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. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
At last night’s student-led worship service, the sermon was about these two passages. It was dealing with how we respond to the light. 10% of our life is what happens to us and 90% of our lives is dealing with how we respond.
When King Herod heard about Jesus Christ, he responded to the light with oppression. He ordered the Magi to find the baby in Bethlehem and worship him. In addition, he wanted the Magi to report back to him and say where the baby is so that he could worship him. But in reality, King Herod wanted to kill Jesus because he was opposed to the child. But when the Magi didn’t report back to Herod, he ordered that all baby boys under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed, but Joseph was warned in a dream to flee.
The same goes for real life. Do we oppose, feel indifferent, or do we worship the light? If we choose to feel indifferent to the light, the real tragedy is that it can lead to opposition. The best option of all of these is to worship the light. It doesn’t matter how we worship Christ. We can worship through singing Christian songs, praying, dance, coloring, or writing. When we encounter the good news of Christ, we can’t just sit there.
The light is stronger than the dark. The light will overcome all darkness. I choose to worship the light instead of opposing or feeling indifferent to it. My strong spirit helps me keep a close relationship with Christ. I feel like I am going on the right path towards working in Nonprofit and I trust God with all my heart. Christ came to fix all of the darkness and he died on the cross to save us from our sins. The gifts the magi brought to Jesus represent a desire for Christ.
Everyone needs Christ in their lives. He helps us when things are tough, stressful, or hurtful. Light is stronger than darkness and the same is true for love. Love and kindness is what humanity truly is. So if you have the desire to have Christ in your life, never feel indifferent or opposed to the light.