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.”
Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)
Last March, basketball in Canada received another feather in its cap. When the National Basketball Association announced its Rising Stars roster, there were five Canadians included. The Rising Stars rosters highlights the best first- and second-year players in the NBA. Canadians RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks, Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the New Orleans Pelicans, Brandon Clarke of the Memphis Grizzlies, Lu Dort of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Mychal Mulder of the Golden State Warriors made up half of the World Team roster.
The journey to Jesus can be a long one for some people. I once had the joy of introducing Jesus to an elderly man who had avoided church and Jesus his entire life. When the Holy Spirit finally broke through and the man put his faith and trust in Jesus, he said to me “it sure was a long journey to Jesus.” For many, the journey to Jesus is a long one. On the church calendar, today is Epiphany, the day we remember the arrival of the magi to the place where Jesus and His family were living. Matthew 2:1-2 tells us about it: “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.’” For everyone, whether the journey was long or short, it ends with worship. That ultimately is why everyone is called to Him. Jesus alone deserves all the honour, glory and praise. Take time today, as the wise men did, to worship Jesus, the king of Kings.
These have been words from the heart.