The Christmas story is full of wondrous happenings—Mary’s encounter with the angel, Joseph’s dreams, and the shepherds’ glorious invite to the birth—but perhaps the most intriguing is the determined quest of the wise men.
After a lengthy journey God leads them to the child, and their response gives us great wisdom for approaching our own Christmas.
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Seek Out Christ
What was the wise men’s first step? Cultivating a desire for Christ’s presence. These astrologers sought out Jesus with unexpected eagerness, all because of their hunger for God’s Word. Traveling from a far, foreign place, they had studied the Jewish Scriptures and were stirred to the point of hunting across miles for the prophesied Messiah.
“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
In verse 2, the Greek word for “saying” conveys the idea of continual action.* The men were on a mission, actively searching the streets and asking anyone and everyone to find the mysterious King. Their zeal was so noticeable that it even takes them to the king of the land himself, Herod.
In this way, we too can pursue Jesus in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle by going to the Bible.
This December and year-round, let’s dive into the Scriptures like the wise men, seeing Christ’s glory and finding Him time and time again, witnessing to others along the way.
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Exude Joy Over Christ
Secondly, the wise men looked for days on their own strength, but it is by God’s power that they finally reach Jesus. What is their response? Great joy!
“After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” Matthew 2:9-10
The result of our daily search in the Word for Christ should be rejoicing! Why? Because in His faithfulness God has led us to Himself, giving us eternal love and hope.
With all the outward pleasures of Christmas, there is one joy that should surpass them all – an inner delight that Christ has come, granting salvation to His people.
Whatever difficulties the wise men may have experienced on their journey, they conclude it with celebratory recognition of the Messiah. Likewise, whatever struggles or sins we have faced this past year, we can also finish strong by embracing the everlasting security we have in our Savior.
It is by God’s grace that you have “found” and know the Son. It is by His grace that you can always have joy, because of the gift of Jesus.
Give to Christ
Lastly, the jubilant wise men enter into worship, their goal all along.
“And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
The wise men didn’t only come to admire Christ, but to acknowledge Him as King with offerings. They had given of their time, their energy, their resources, their very selves in this quest for Jesus. Their journey culminates in this moment, when they “fell down” and gave unto Him precious presents.
In this season of giving, we can sacrificially show Christ is King by giving to His church and giving of ourselves.
What will you “give” to Him this year? How can you honor Him in worship? Perhaps it’s as simple as obeying His Word more closely and trusting His sovereignty more deeply.
We can fall down in our hearts, surrendering to Him anew as we begin a new year, continuing our own earthly journey to glorify Him.