“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.” – Matthew 2:2
Surely it was strange that the Jews did not know of the birth of their own King. Usually when future kings are born the whole realm rings with joy. But when the Messiah
was born there was no rejoicing on earth. A few humble shepherds came to look with wonder on the new-born babe which lay in the young mother’s arms; but that was all. The Jews had been looking for their Messiah, but did not recognize him when he came.For one thing, we learn how quiet his advent was. There was no blare of trumpets. Noise and show are not necessary accompaniments of power. The mightiest energies in this world are ofttimes the quietest. The grace of God
always comes quietly. Angels minister noiselessly and often unseen. The most useful Christians
are not those who make the most ado in their work, but those who in humility, unconscious of any splendor shining in their faces, go daily about their work for Christ
Another thought here is, that we do not always know when Christ comes to us. “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Yet why should we complain so of the Jews? Are we any better? Our King is in our midst: do we recognize him? do we worship and honor him? These wise men had only a dim star to guide them; yet they followed it with loving trust and unfaltering step, and it led them to the feet of the King of glory. Even the faintest glimmerings of light should be welcomed and their guidance accepted. We should not wait to know all about Christ, and to see him in all his glory, before we set out to seek him. We should follow the first faint gleams, and as we go on the light will brighten, until we see him in all his blessed beauty, face to face.