“Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews?'” (Matthew 2:1-2).

Matthew loved the Magi. He gave their story more square inches of text than he gave the narrative of the birth of Jesus. He never mentions the shepherds or the manger, but he didn’t want us to miss the star and the seekers. It’s easy to see why – their story is our story. We’re all travelers, all sojourners. In order to find Jesus, every one of us needs direction, and God gives it. [Christmas Stories]