“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” … and behold, the star which they had seen 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 exceedingly great joy (Matthew 2:2, 9-10).
These wise men, their number undeclared except that there were at least two of them, made their way across the deserts of the Middle East to Jerusalem. They’d seen a star in the night sky they identified with the promised Jewish Messiah. They were aware of Biblical passages about Him – and believed what they’d read.
The Bible doesn’t record how long it took these magi to reach Jerusalem, except that when they arrived Jesus was already a toddler living in a house. In those two or three years after His birth and His star first appeared, millions of people looked up into the sky, saw His star, and ignored it. Countless people didn’t believe what it meant. Only a few wise men perceived the meaning of the heavenly light. Just a few believed what the Bible said of Him.
People all over the world have heard the story of Jesus. They know of the stories He told, the miracles He worked, and even the report that He died and was raised from the dead. Still, it is very few who believe what the Bible says of Him. Few believe in Him, putting their full reliance in Him as the Saviour from their sins.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).