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Wise Men

December 22, 2016

The wise men are a Biblical mystery. They came from the east. Where exactly? They saw a star that told of the birth of the King of the Jews. How did that happen? Was the star pulling a banner behind it like a biplane with an aerial advertisement? What was this star? How many wise men was there? How did they know this baby was God to be worshiped?

The wise men made the logical deduction that the newborn king of the Jews would be born in the ancient capital. In Jerusalem they asked around for the newborn king. When the Roman appointed king of the Jews heard the news he called in the experts. The scribes were the Old Testament scholars who should have been looking for the birth of the Messiah. They knew the Old Testament well enough to identify where He would be born, they should have known from Daniel when He would be born. Visitors from a pagan land had to tell the teachers of God’s Word that His promised Messiah was born. The wise men followed the instructions of the Scribes and followed the star to the house where Jesus, Mary and Joseph were living. They found the King of the Jews they had traveled sought after for so long.

God is infinitely gracious. He will be found of those who seek after Him. He does not hide Himself. Remember Cornelius? Cornelius was seeking to know the truth of Jesus. God sent an angel to instruct him and then an apostle to preach the gospel to him. God made Himself known to the one who who sought Him.

God does not use always use the expected means to make Himself known. Sometimes it’s a hypocritical scribe. Sometimes it’s an angel and a prejudiced disciple. Sometimes it’s an unpleasant circumstance. Sometime it’s the words of a child. Sometime it’s the misappropriated celebration of a confused nation.

Most of the year America stays too busy for God, despises His Word, rejects His Son and scorns His Word. Yet every year the country goes nuts over the celebration of the incarnation of God the Son. It seems that everyone knows Christmas Day is the remembrance of Jesus’ birth. Whatever they think about Jesus they know the baby born in the manger was named Jesus. Most know this baby grew to be a man who did something special. Many know this baby claimed to be the Son of God. God is not without a witness in this land.

At Christmas time the gospel is broadcast for all to hear. Christmas carols like “O Holy Night”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “We Three Kings” proclaim the gospel message in places where it is otherwise unheard.

We who know the One born of the virgin know the real value of Christmas. Let us be wise this Christmas. Long for Him, hunger and thirst for Him and draw near to Him. Make Him that which you desire most this Christmas.

“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD:” (Jeremiah 29:13-14)

“Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.” (James 4:8)


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