Scripture calls them wise, but behind their knowledge was curiosity, a desire to:
Which came first?
I’m not sure which came first;
seeing the star or
seeing the prophecy.
I don’t know if the brillant sign in the dark sky drove them to search for the why behind it’s arrival or if the prophecy prompted their expectant sky-watching.
But, the thing that I believe made them truly wise was what they did with the information.
Great knowledge without application doesn’t make you wise, it only makes you proud! Tweet this!
They saw the star!
These men experienced a defining moment in history.
The experience was
It stirred their appetite for more;
not a greedy desire, but a deep hunger.
They believed the promise…
not the simple mental nod that so many experience.
Their belief demanded action.
They acted on the promise.
They wanted more!
Knowing about Him wasn’t enough.
Experiencing history wasn’t enough.
They were too wise for mere knowledge or achievement;
they wanted to experience Jesus! Tweet this!
The King of the Jews!
They assumed that any king that was heralded and introduced with a glorious billboard in the heavens would be easy to find.
The obvious place would be a palace.
Royalty belongs in a palace! Right?
Soft velvets and satins.
But not this KING!
Palaces are inaccessible and intimidating to all except the noble and rich. He came for the rich and the poor. The weak and the strong. The noble and the broken.
God’s Gift, Not God’s Show Piece
Jesus came as a gift to all mankind, wrapped in the scraps of cloth was accessible to the most impoverished person all the way to the wisest of the world! Tweet this!
He came to
He wasn’t in the Palace,
because there was no room for Him in a palace.
He was in a stable,
because someone made room for Him. Tweet this!
They were at the end of their ability to find the King.
When the wise men had exhausted their natural abilities to find Jesus, God guided them the rest of the way! I love that!
We begin in our strength.
Using our faith.
Using our ability.
Responding to God’s invitation.
Taking the only steps we know to take, then God partners with our obedience!
They opened their treasures and worshipped.
They came to worship and when they did, they experienced the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
They brought their treasures and gave their earthly gifts to honor the Treasure of Heaven.
It’s noteworthy to mention the “Who’s Who” on Jesus’s Birth Announcement list.
Wise men. (Matthew 2:1-12)
Shepherds watching their sheep. (Luke 2:20)
A prayer warrior, Anna. (Luke 2:36-28)
Elderly Simon waiting, looking. (Luke 2:25)
What a diverse group!
Still they all responded exactly the same.
Worship is the pathway for your love to travel to God.
Wise men are not wise because of what they know. They are wise because of what they do! Tweet this!
The wise still worship God! Tweet this!
And, worshippers still experience more than the spectacular.
They get to experience the very presence of God. And nothing, nothing is more wonderful or more life changing than experiencing God! Tweet this!
Don’t settle with only knowing about God;
go after God,
don’t stop until you find Him,