“The star proclaims the King
is here; but Herod, why this senseless fear?”LSB 399, verse 1
The one thing that a majority of
people associate with Epiphany is the star leading the Magi to
Bethlehem. Martin Luther noted, however, that the star
didn't actually get the job done. The star announced to
the ancient stargazers that a king had been born to the
Jews, but it didn't tell them where to find Him.
Using human (natural) reason, they trotted off to the logical
spot - Jerusalem - only to find business as usual and no one
celebrating the birth of a king.
Nature - even a miracle such as a
star - will only get a person so far. The Scripture,
however, can get you all the way to where Jesus may be
found. King Herod asked the scribes about the ancient
prophecy, and they answered from Micah: "In Bethlehem of
Judea." With this prophecy tucked into their hearts, the
magi journeyed toward the city of David, and suddenly the star
they had seen when it rose reappeared, and it led the way to the
house where the child and His mother were found.
Thanks be to God that He has
written into nature and into our hearts the knowledge that there
is a Creator! But, during this season of Epiphany, let us
rejoice even more greatly that God did not leave us to stumble
around searching for Him (e.g. the Magi) with natural knowledge
alone: in such a case, we should end-up following in the
footsteps of the Greeks, Romans, and other polytheistic
religions. No: God has revealed Himself to us in Jesus
Christ, and has sent the Holy Spirit to guide us to Jesus, so
that we would know who He is and how He has saved us from
As God has given us such a great
gift by revealing Himself to us, let us rejoice in Him and
devour every word He has spoken concerning Himself! Let us
search the Scriptures so that, when others come to us seeking
the Christ, we may firmly and confidently direct them to where
He may be found: in Scripture, in Baptism, and in the Holy
Supper for the forgiveness of their sins.
May God grant you a happy and
blessed Epiphany season.