A rerouted flight…
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Astrologers from the Orient came to
Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by an alternative route.
Mathew 2, 1+2, 10 + 12
This story reminds me of a “rerouted flight”. You switch airports from the original destination to a different airport from where you fly back. The astrologers or the Magi, as they are referred to, from the Orient were with the newborn King of the Jews. They had seen the Messiah. They touched him. Now they were leaving the place of worship. They left Bethlehem behind. But God intervenes through a dream. His instructions: do not return to Herod! Go and use an alternative route on your way back home!
God provides the saint's with a new itinerary. This is also an image for me as a Christian.
God tells these people something very important: "Do not go back to Herod!" Do not return, even if you have promised to come back. He who has bowed his knees before the king Jesus,
who has worshiped the Messiah, can no longer kneel before earthly rulers. Once you have experienced the light of life, you cannot go back into darkness.
Herod was an extremely dark man. All historians testify that Herod was a murderer. Herod the Great was a power man who went over corpses. He did not shy away from murder even in his own family.
The apostle Paul reminds us Christians that the light of God cannot have fellowship with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14): For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or: what companion with darkness, can light have?
The one who has been justified by Jesus Christ and his blood shed for us on the cross, can no longer have fellowship with injustice. Those who have seen Jesus Christ, the light of the world, can no longer return into darkness and distance from God.
The letter to the Hebrews reminds Christians that there can be no return to the old life: The one who has been enlightened by the light of life, has tasted the heavenly gift and has shared in the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the future world , cannot return to the realm of sin and darkness. (See this in the letter to Hebrews in Scripture chapter 6)
The men from the Orient went back to their homeland. Rich recipients through their encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. They went back to their normal life, which now changed completely. The old life was past, something new had started in Bethlehem. The star of the Messiah shined in her life from now on. They now belonged to the one who has all the might in heaven and on earth.
The one who has taken Jesus Christ into his heart, can happily continue his further course in life. He opens up completely new ways in life. Scripture says about the Treasurer of the Ethiopian Queen after his baptism: "He continued his journey with joy.” (Acts 8, 39b). Those who are allowed to walk their ways in life with the Lord Jesus, will have a heart full of joy!
However at the same time another journey begins for Jesus, Mary and Joseph. They had to escape to Egypt. You will hear more about this chapter next week.
I wish you a blessed week and a joyful heart!
Translated by R. Jordan