Wise Men Believe Christ - Sight Unseen
"‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.' "-Matthew 2:2, emphasis added
What does Matthew record as the first response of those who found Jesus? Worship. As the Holy Scriptures pull back the cloak of time, with vibrant freshness, let us further consider this hallowed moment-the moment God entered time and space as an infant!
In Matthew 2:1-11, Scripture records three responses to Christ which are still present today: Herod hated Him, the leaders ignored Him, and the Magi loved Him.
Because the Magi "came from far away" (v. 1), it shows that they had a single-minded devotion because they kept asking everyone where King Jesus was (v. 2). In verses 3-8 Matthew paints the drama of all the possible detractors and how the wise men were not daunted in their mission by false seekers like Herod or the religious professionals. In verse 9, Matthew shows how they just kept following God's leading until they found what they were seeking—Jesus--the King of their worship.
What simple lessons can we draw from the wise men? God has servants in unexpected places; He gets glory from unexpected people; He is found only by hearts and not heads; finding God is costly; and true faith is unstoppable.
The Magi were willing to follow God's way anywhere in order to find the promised King and Savior. Are you seeking the King? If you want to seek and find Him, here is God's pattern for how to do that.
Come to Jesus personally. Do you see the lesson in the way these wise men gave? They did not send their gifts by another's hand; they brought them personally to Jesus. God wants you, in person, to come to Him. Undaunted by the long and arduous journey, they must have been astonished to find a mere Baby in a stable. After the magnificence of King Herod's palace, and his overpowering presence, it is incredible that they fell down to worship Jesus as they did. Choosing to disobey Herod's demand that they reveal the location of Jesus indicates their faith. That choice could have cost them their lives. So, in every way, their lives were marked by a personal coming to Jesus.
Have you come personally to Jesus in prayer, worship, and adoration? Have you given yourself to Jesus this Christmas season? That is the first gift He wants (2 Corinthians 8:5)!
Present what you have to Him today. Give Him your mind, and let Him fill it. Give Him your hands, and let Him guide and use them. Give Him your future, and let Him plan and direct your life. Give Him your treasures-He can store them and invest them in safe places that bring everlasting rewards!
As you end this year and start a new one, measure your personal worship temperature. To help you do that, consider William Temple's definition of worship: "[Worship is] to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, [Worship is] to feed the mind with the truth of God, [Worship is] to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, [Worship is] to open up the heart to the love of God, [Worship is] to devote the will to the purpose of God."[ii]
What is the significance of the gold, frankincense and myrrh? Click here to find out and see what you can bring to Christ this Christmas.
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