Advent 20: The bit that feels a bit awkward

magiThe wise men (Magi) traveled to find Jesus which is wonderful, but they were led to him through astrology which feels a bit err, embarrassing.

The Bible is clear that God is the one who we should turn to for guidance, not astrologers, fortune tellers or anyone else. With this in mind, it seems strange that God used astrology to draw the Magi’s attention to the birth of the Messiah but then we need to remember that God works in mysterious ways!

Why do we assume that some people are far from God? Have we stopped believing that Jesus is Immanuel (God with us).

These Magi were practicing their astrology and through this they were drawn to a star which somehow led to them recalling what Daniel had said hundreds of years earlier.

I can’t help but admire God’s creativity in connecting with people absorbed in another religion.

I’m left in awe at God’s love for a people who have chosen to put their trust in other gods and spiritualities.

It’s wonderful the lengths that God goes to in order to reach out to people who never would have found him otherwise.

Are there people who you, perhaps mistakenly, believe are far from God?

Perhaps we need to have greater faith in the creative, loving God who will go to any lengths to reach the people of this world who Jesus came to save.

This is a part of a series of short thoughts for advent to help us to consider the events surrounding the birth of Jesus as we prepare ourselves for Christmas. You can look at the other advent reflections by clicking here.


About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister in Colchster in the UK who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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