Where is Jesus?

By: Jacqueline Simmons

Scripture: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judea: for thus is written by the prophet (Micah 5:2). And thou Bethlehem in the land of Judah art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, go and search diligently for the young child, and bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come unto the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped him; and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts, gold and frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:1-11). My friends, God commissioned me to call your attention to his disappointment at our disregard for Thanksgiving Day which is sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas. As I pen this article, Christmas decorations have begun to adorn many homes and places. Even though Christmas, which signifies Christ’s birthdate and Easter, his resurrection, Thanksgiving Day at one time, had been set aside for family gatherings to exhibit thankfulness to God as a family unit and to train our children to do so, also. To add insult to injury, most of the Christmas displays have nothing to do with the real reason for the season. In earlier times, they depicted manger scenes with shepherds worshiping the Christ child. Some of them mistakenly display the wise men at the manger scene even though they didn’t arrive until Jesus was approximately two years old and lived with both parents in a house. However, they tried according to their understanding. Today a few dusty Santa Claus and a myriad of cold multicolored lights adore homes and places. Where is Jesus would probably be asked by the wisemen if they came today.