The Wise Men Visited Me
After I was born in Bethlehem, wise men—astrologers—came from the East looking for Me, the baby born King of the Jews. They told King Herod that they saw My star in the East and followed it so they could worship Me.
King Herod was disturbed because the Roman Senate had declared that I was the King of the Jews. Herod assembled Jewish leaders to find out where the prophets predicted that I, the Deliverer, would be born.
They quoted the Scripture, “You, Bethlehem in Judah, are not the least important town because the Deliverer will come from you, who will rule the people of Israel.”
Herod met privately with the wise men to find out exactly when the star appeared. Herod then deceptively sent the wise men to search for Me, and to report back to him so that he could also worship Me.
The wise men started toward Bethlehem, and the star appeared again to lead them and stopped where I was. When they saw the star again, they were very happy. As they went into the house, they saw Me with My mother, and falling to their knees, they gave Me their gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
The wise men were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they went home a different way.
#WalkWithMe. Just as the wise men searched for Me, so you search to know Me and to worship Me according to the worship I deserve.
My Exile in Egypt
After the wise men left Mary and Me, the angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream, “Get the child and His mother and escape to Egypt. King Herod will try to kill Him. Stay there until I tell you to come back.”
Joseph immediately took My mother and Me and left for Egypt. Then the prophecy of the Lord was fulfilled, “I will call my Son out of Egypt.”
#TrustMe. Today, you face all kinds of danger—known and unknown—from those who would intentionally harm you, to accidents; from spiritual dangers, to toxic dangers. I will protect you when you are unaware of the danger, and when you face threatening situations.
When Herod realized the wise men deceived him, he sent soldiers to Bethlehem to kill every child who was two years old or younger. Then, the prophecy of Jeremiah was fulfilled, “Screams and mourning were heard in Ramah. Rachel was sobbing for her children, and she would not be comforted because they no longer lived.”
My Return to Nazareth
The Lord sent an angel to Joseph after Herod died, telling him to return to the land of Israel because “Those who tried to kill Jesus are now dead.” So Joseph took Mary and Me and headed toward the land of Israel.
Then Joseph heard that Archelaus was now king, so he was afraid to go to Bethlehem. So, the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream telling him to go back to Galilee and his home in Nazareth. Then the prophecy was fulfilled, “He [Jesus] shall be called a Nazarene.”
At 12 Years old I was busy in the Temple in Jerusalem
I went with My parents to Jerusalem for the annual Passover Festival when I was twelve years old. As My parents left Jerusalem for home, I stayed in Jerusalem, but My parents didn’t know it. After a day’s journey, they went looking for Me, thinking I was walking toward home with relatives. When they failed to find Me, they returned to Jerusalem to search for Me. After three days, they found Me sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. All who heard Me were greatly impressed at My level of comprehension and the difficult questions I asked them. Joseph and Mary were astonished when they saw Me, and Mary asked Me, “Son, why have You treated us like this? Your father and I have been worried to death.”
I answered, “Why were you searching for Me? Didn’t you know that I had to be about My heavenly Father’s business?” I spoke to them, but they did not understand.
I returned to Nazareth with them and was under authority to them. My mother didn’t forget any of these incidents and meditated on them often. I grew in mental ability and physical strength and was respected by God and men.
#WalkWithMe. I want you to instantly obey when I enter your life and call you to do a job. I will keep reminding you that there is no person who is too hardened to follow Me as a dedicated follower.