The King's Seekers: Wisemen and Shepherds
This fall as we drove back from taking our children to college we went by the Great Smokey Mountain National Park on Interstate-40. As we sped along we saw a sign that said "Scenic Parkway" and looking at Bonnie I said, "Let's try that". Suddenly we were off of the 70 MPH river of cars and trucks jockeying for one car length over each other—and into a quiet winding road through the mist covered Smokey Mountains.
Soon even the children were crowded at the windows pointing out barns, fields, colored leaves, and waterfalls. It is amazing what you can see when you slow down and look!
How about it? Are you looking for Jesus this Christmas? Or is this Christmas flying by the widows of your life so fast you will miss what God is offering you? Everyone who was looking for Jesus to come--enjoyed His arrival. As we examine their lives we can often see ourselves. Who are you like this Christmas? My prayer today is that you will pull off the highway and take the scenic route and enjoy Jesus Christ the Lord this Christmas!
Christmas, the greatest event since Creation, took place in a sleepy little village just five miles from Jerusalem. God came from Heaven, was wrapped in baby clothes, and laid in a stone feeding trough called a manger. He was only welcomed and worshipped by two groups of people—outside of His own family. Those two groups, the Shepherds and the Wisemen, were poles apart socially, economically, culturally, ethnically, and in ever other way but spiritually. But when the Shepherds and Wisemen met at the feet of Jesus, they worshipped on common ground.
The Shepherds and the Wisemen stand out in the Christmas story because of all the creatures on earth created in His image--they were the only ones who came seeking the newborn King! I call these the King's Seekers.
What simple lessons can we draw from the Wisemen?
God has servants in the most unexpected places.
God gets glory from unexpected people.
God is found only by hearts and not heads.
Finding God is costly.
True faith is unstoppable.
These wise men believed in Christ when they had never seen him; but that was not all. They believed in him when the Scribes and Pharisees were unbelieving; but that again was not all. They believed in him when they saw him as a little infant on Mary's knees, and worshiped him as a King. This was the crowning point of their faith. They saw no miracles to convince them. They heard no teaching to persuade them. They saw no signs of divinity and greatness to overawe them. They saw nothing but a newborn infant, helpless and weak, and needing a mother's care like any of us. And yet when they saw that infant, they believed that they saw the divine Savior of the world! "They bowed down and worshiped him" (Matthew 2:11).
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