Matthew 2:1New International Version (NIV)

The Magi Visit the Messiah

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem

Advent Season of Christmas has come once again. It is a time of reflection of how the Christ Child was born as a baby. We celebrate the season with anticipation of Christmas Day with family and friends.

I also think the holiday season brings a time that we look for hope. Where is the hope? The Wise Men were looking for the same thing. They had hopes in traveling from miles away to look upon the One Who was born King of the Jews.

The Wise Men hoped to find Jesus. Real hope is a reality and not a feeling. Biblical hope carries no doubt. It is a sure foundation upon which we base our lives, and in which we believe that God always keeps his promises.

One of my favorite verses on hope is found in Hebrews 11:1, ‘Now, faith is confidence in what we hope for and the assurance about what we do not see.’

I believe that is what the Wise Men held onto as they hoped to see Jesus as the traveled for miles as the followed the star in their hope.

What are you hoping for this Advent Season? What are you believing that God has promised you? For my hope lies in the promises that my children will know Jesus in a real and personal way, and that Jesus is their hope for the future, and that Jesus has a plan for each one of them.

Strength and Courage

Michael