The Wise Still Seek Him

December 24, 2011

We don’t know much about them. Scripture says they were from the East. They stood before Herod and inquired of the Christ child, the King of the Jews. Matthew 2:11 tells us that they entered the house where Mary, Joseph, and the baby were, a stark contradiction to the nativity scenes that place them in the stable.

We aren’t told that there were three of them but we do know that they came bearing gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. We are also well aware that they were religious men. We know they traveled many miles in search of a precious baby whose birth was foretold outside the city limits of Bethlehem.

As wise as they might’ve been, there were some things that even they didn’t know.

They didn’t know about the leper healed, the Centurion’s faith, or how Jesus would someday rebuke the winds.

They hadn’t heard His parables or knew of his followers, men and women alike, who left all they had to follow the young man from Nazareth.

They didn’t know that He would someday bless the little children and disappoint a rich young ruler.

Would they ever know that he turned water into wine, conversed with a Samaritan woman, or raised a dead man named Lazarus?

Could they have imagined the horror of the plot to kill Him and the offense at the close friend who would betray Him?

They would never be captivated as they stood in the garden nor would they stand in awe at an empty tomb.

They weren’t able to read the story of His resurrection or know the details of the first Christians and what they gave for their faith.

Yes, they were called wise but they would never be as wise as we are. So when you think of that little baby in the manger, remember the man on the cross. The conqueror over death, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the Savior, and the King. He is the reason not for the season, but for every day, every minute, every breath.

Merry Christmas!

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