And by the light of that same star three wise men came from country far; to seek for a king was their intent, and to follow the star wherever it went. So goes a verse from the famous carol ‘The First Nowell’.
Many indeed find they need to travel far to find the Lord of Glory. But when He is found, ‘they were filled with indescribable joy’ as one version puts it about the Magi. Those who have bowed the knee in worship to the King of kings have found He is the One who brings joy beyond words. Those wise men had travelled long, met much difficulty and disturbance on the way, but finally found this joy.
There are many who have travelled far but then found Jesus Christ to be the joy-bringer: joy brought to those suffering, joy for those bereaved, joy in worship and finding His Presence with them, joy like no other. In Advent we spoke of our longings, including longing for joy. This Epiphany we speak of finding what we have longed for, finding in the person and presence of Jesus Christ. Perhaps you too will resolve to ‘follow the star’ leading you to Christ, wherever it goes. May you too then find His joy.