Matthew 2:1-12, KJV: “1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judæa in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judæa: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, Art not the least among the princes of Juda: For out of thee shall come a Governor, That shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.”
Who were the Wise Men? Magi? Kings? Wizards? It appears that the Wise Men were likely men who studied astrology (no, not astronomy but rather astrology) because they told Herod, "we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Whose star? Jesus' star. If they could figure all this out without an angel appearing to them, that a King was to be born, then they likely practiced something like astrology. What does this mean to us Christians? That we should also practice astrology?
No, it means that God reaches out to people in many different ways to show them who He is. In this case, He showed up to them in astrology, which is what they likely practiced. They took a very long journey for something they believed to be true, into a completely different continent (since they came from the East, they probably came from somewhere in Asia).
Because they went to Herod, Herod became jealous about the new King, and he started ordering the killing the babies 2 years and younger. Again, an angel showed up in a dream to Joseph and told him to take his family away. They fled to Egypt for a few years.
Tomorrow, December 25, Christmas Day, we'll have a special blog post to wrap all of this up for you. Be sure to not miss it.