Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Three moves happen in these few verses: The perseverance of the wise men is rewarded. The duplicity of Herod is thwarted. The Sincerity of the wise men is sustained. God supports those who seek to honor his Son. He stands in the way of those who wish to undercut his mission of salvation through Jesus.
When we bring our gifts – whether gold, sacrificial service, or gracious comfort – God is not only honored, but his reign and rule is revealed. When we refuse to cooperate with those who seek evil, we push out the borders of God’s rule and reign.
Jesus will reign – even the mighty King Herod will not be able to bring him down. And when it comes time for Jesus to die, he proves to be a greater victor than those who put him to death. Coming or going, those who honor him and seek to follow in his ways will find a path of God’s favor and blessing. That is good news indeed.