The Wisdom of Christmas
1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
The wise men faced several difficulties
They were traveling from a far off land
They couldn’t fly Southwest, they taveled by animal
The journey would be long an tiresome
They would be away from their families for a long time
They had to deal with King Herod
He was a King who didn’t have a problem with having people killed
How the wise men sought Jesus
We love him, because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
The Holy Spirit was touching them
They knew the Bible
They were blessed with the star
We no longer need a star today, we now have the written Word of God
What the wise men brought Jesus
Gold speak of His sovereign dominion of His life on earth
Frankincense speaks of His sinless deity
Myrrh speaks of His sacrificial death
This Christmas, we don’t need to bring Jesus literal gifts like gold, frankincense or myrrh.
We should bring Him the one thing we owe Him, our hearts.