'Wise men still seek Him' was
a popular seasonal slogan some years ago. That is still true but from
the Bible account of the Magi's quest we can derive this deeper truth - that wise
men still worship Him.
We know that the Magi's visit most
likely came some time after the birth of Jesus but if we don't think of
them as part of the Christmas story we probably will give them little
thought at all! Sadly, Epiphany is a season strangely ignored in many
Churches. It should be a celebration of the Saviour's 'presentation'
to the Gentiles; a mission reminder that, as the shepherds were told by
the angel choir, this 'Good News of great joy will be to all peoples'.
We would dearly like to know more about the Wise Men than the Scriptures
tell us. Who were they? Where exactly were they from? What prompted their
interest? How much did they know about Heavenly things?
They certainly knew something about the heavens and God
gave a brilliant and special light in the sky to guide them to the Saviour
(2:2 His star).
He had already attracted the shepherds with His Heavenly choir and now He
used a great light in the heavens to direct a very different group of men
to see the newly born King. Might they have been seeing the same 'Heavenly
host' from their far country (2:2), with the Lord later bringing the angels
back to guide them to the exact house in Bethlehem (2:9)?
What we know for certain is that these men from a vastly
different background in the East came to Jesus with a desire to worship
Him and we can learn much from them.
Like them ~
We must be prepared to SEEK HIM
What an example they set! Distance - culture - cost - terrain - politics - protocol;
so much to deter them in their quest but their determination to
surmount such obstacles and their patience when He was not found
where they reasonably expected Him to be (Matthew 2:1-3) and their confidence that
a King definitely had been born (2:1) can help us to overcome some of the
distractions and doubts that Satan so readily puts in our way when we come
to worship the Saviour.
We must FOLLOW His direction and OBEY His Word
We might not see a great radiance in the sky or receive direction in a
dream but we have God's Word with His promise that all who seek will find
The remarkable fact that the Lord unfolded His Word to the Magi through
the sceptical channel of King Herod (2:3-8) is evidence that He can reveal
Himself to us just when we need Him most. They followed the light over Bethlehem
(2:9) and found the Light of the World (John 8:12)
We must HONOUR Him with our best
Before these men presented their carefully chosen and very
valuable gifts, they brought themselves and their worship to
Jesus (2:11). Our God wants us to offer ourselves, then He will use the gifts He
has first given to us.
We must allow Him to make a DIFFERENCE in our
Seeing Jesus as a young Child gave the Magi great joy (1:10)
which must have brought a lovely sense of fulfilment on the long journey
homewards. To take a different route (1:12) probably presented more challenges
especially when they had such good news to tell others but no one who seeks
and meets the Saviour with a sincere desire to worship Him will ever return
exactly the same way.
At Christ's birth the king, the chief priest, the scribes and many of the
people knew where He was likely to be (2:6) but made no move to seek or
worship Him. Only the humble shepherds and the eminent Magi responded to
the Heavenly light and met Jesus.
Have you met Jesus?
Have you given Him yourself and your worship? He did not remain a Child
but grew up to go to Calvary's cross as the Sacrifice for the sins of everyone
who puts their trust in Him. (John 3:16)
Have you presented your gifts (time, energy, money, love and concern) for
His use in taking the Good News to all peoples ~ in the UK, Malawi,
Mozambique and across this needy world?