The Visit of the Wise Men
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)
As I contemplate Christmas and all this season holds, I am captured by the true Christmas Story. It is relatively easy in the United States to become wrapped up in all of the trappings of the holiday and neglect the Holy Day.
As I reread this story, I am impressed with the wise men because they had a goal. They knew why they were going, they knew how to get it — by following the star — and they persisted until they finally arrived at their destination.
The message of Christmas is this: God communicates in our language. For the Magi, He put a star in the heavens. For the shepherds, He sent angels. God spoke to us by bringing His Son in the flesh, what we call incarnation.
Agape Flights’ missionary partners are amazing! I have just returned from spending several days with many of our missionaries in Haiti. Jim DeLa, Agape’s communications officer, accompanied me as we interviewed and encouraged these wonderful servants and saw with our own eyes the work being accomplished in the name of Jesus Christ! So much like the wise men, our missionary affiliates are people of vision and dreams, people of great persistence, passion, commitment and steadfastness.
Missionaries inspire me, they motivate me, they move me and they encourage me. They confirm in me that the work that God has called Agape Flights to do is critical to the work God has called our beloved missionaries to accomplish.
On behalf of the missionaries we serve, the Board of Directors, our staff and the many volunteers that assist us, I wish for you a blessed Christmas and pray that the presence of Christ might fill your hearts to overflowing.
Thank you for praying for us and thank you for financially supporting this ministry, I appreciate you,
Allen T. Speer