Where is the One?

Matthew 2: 1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

Yes, yes. I know we used this same passage yesterday. But there's another interesting item here for our reflection. 

The Magi got lost!

They got so close to Bethlehem, and then in the end, they couldn't find Jesus! They stopped at a fairly logical place to ask for directions. After all, they were looking for a king, so why not stop at a palace? But in the end, Jesus was not where they expected him to be. 

How often isn't this the case for us? We think we've come so far. We feel that we've gotten so close. And then we realize we've been looking in the wrong place. Jesus is not in the palace, but instead in the barn - with the animals and the shepherds and the unwed parents and the ones for whom there was no room. 

Where are you looking for Jesus today?