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I hardly slept a wink last night. (yawn) Had to get out to stretch my legs...oh it was a beautifully clear sky. So I got up, and lay outside under the stars. Ah...the stars. Such wonders to behold...such beauty and magnificence. Such significance. Much more so now. I say, goodness me. We read the stars in search for the future...for the voice of the universe...and we left in search for a King. It's been quite a journey. All the way from Iran, you know. It's quite a trek, and I'm not getting any younger.
But I wasn't going to miss this. Not for all the riches of the East. In fact we brought some of those with us. Gifts fit for a king. I brought Myrhh. The mother did look a little concerned at first. I suppose embalming oil might seem an odd gift to bring a new born baby, but I assured them of it's rich quality and that only the greatest of kings could be given such a gift...though you never can be too careful.
What an honour it was to lay my riches at his feet. I would give more if I thought they were worth what He deserves. What a King He will be...He's got quite a rule ahead of Him, that young man. Oh He may just be a baby now, but I see it in Him. Such splendour. Such humility. I see the rule, that the God of Heaven has bestowed upon Him...It's the very reason the stars brought – sorry...It's the very reason God. The God of Heaven and earth brought us here. To see Him in human form. A baby. Set to change the world...that's going to be a hard habit to kick...I've always read the stars. I'm a master of it. I've written books, and produced essays on the very topic of star gazing. People would come to me for answers, and I would rely on the stars to give me what they needed....but there is such greatness beyond astronomy that is unfathomable. I see that now...I thought that the stars were the source of knowledge and wisdom, and failed to recognised the One Who had put them their in the first place. What a humbling, and all the same, terrifying experience to live through. Ah! What a privilege! I will never be the same again. The very Maker of the stars Himself...why settle for the created when you can meet the Creator, eh?...
I did wonder at first. We discussed this very thing on our journey here. Astronomy has never let us down...well sometimes, but this time...it was like the God of Heaven. The God to be worshipped and adored. The God Who I knew very little of until three months ago...a new voice can be hard to trust, but...He decided to communicate with us. With me...through what I knew. What I thought to be true...what I thought to be absolute truth...I've ignored Him all my life, and yet here He has brought me. To witness this, this awesome event...I had my doubts. Of course I did. A wise man can have his flaws. But when we arrived in Jerusalem, things started to become more and more apparent. More and more real. And it began to dawn on me that this was no ordinary King we were looking for. Not according to the Jewish scriptures...and certainly according to the look on king Herod's face...that was rather awkward...'Hello king...we come bearing gifts for-'....'Oh...for me? Why you shouldn't have?'....'Actually...no. We are in search of the Christ. The Messiah. The king of the Jews'...he seemed to take the news rather well. In fact, he invited us over, to a magnificent feast, and said he wanted to worship this new king...so the plan was to go straight back once we knew where he was but...and I do feel rather bad about this, but last night...God spoke to me. Again. What he sees in me, I fail to recognise, but He did. He spoke. He's a lot say, you know. If only we would stop staring into space, and listen...He told me we are to go back home another way. Which I've not shared with the others yet, but I've got a feeling they'll agree. And let's be honest, it could be fun. I'm not entirely sure why we're being sent another way, but...a detour could be quite exciting. Perhaps I could send Herod a postcard to apologise...I'm sure he'd understand. This is God we are talking about! I've just started hearing Him, I'm not going to ignore Him now!...I'm so excited to get back to Iran and share this knowledge with my people. Back home, I am seen as eminent. I am the holder of wisdom...but now I've seen this. I've been humbled. I've been shown something far greater...by the MAKER of the stars Himself.
They won't know what's hit them.
© Jonathan Boustead 2011
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