A theme from today's readings stood out for me: searching and obedience.
The wise men put their lives on hold to search out the meaning of the star they had seen. It lead them to Jesus. They worshiped and gave gave gifts because their search had led them to the greatest King. Then they obeyed when a dream told them to return a different way.
Herod searched for Jesus too, not to worship but to plot to get rid of Him. His subjects obeyed Herod's command to kill all the boys and thus fulfilled the prophecy of Jeremiah.
Joseph and Mary searched for safety from this plot and obeyed when God told them to go to Egypt. This also fulfilled the prophecy of Jesus being called out of Egypt. Joseph obeyed when he took Jesus to Nazareth.
When Jesus was 12, Mary and Joseph searched for Jesus. Jesus was found obeying his Father by teaching in the temple. The passage also said Jesus was submissive to his parents too. He was obedient.
John was preaching to all of those who were searching for answers. He was obedient to his job to prepare the way for Jesus.
In Sunday School, we are taking a session on sharing our faith. People are searching. We need to be ready to give our testimony to share what God is doing in our lives. No one can dispute this because it is our story. When we step out in obedience to share our faith, the Holy Spirit can work to help those who are searching to find what they need.