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“Wise Men Search For Him Today”

As you have come to know over the past few months (if you read this bulletin regularly) I like what are called “sentence sermons.” They are powerful sermons contained in a single sentence. They make you stop and think carefully about some particular point. Some that really stick out in my mind are, “The MAIN THING is to keep the MAIN THING the MAIN THING” or “Seven days without prayer makes one weak” or “If it is to be, it is up to me!”

Another of these sentence sermons, that I once saw outside a denominational church building during the Christmas season, is “Wise men search for Him today.” In this short article let’s consider the story of the Wise-men searching for Jesus and see how we as 21st century Christians can benefit from this story.

The story is recorded in Matthew 2:1-12. Verses 1 & 2 tell us that Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea and at some point after His birth, “Wise-men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” These words troubled Herod the King as well as all those that were in Jerusalem (vs.3). Herod called together the chief priests and scribes and asked them where the Christ was born (vs.4). They respond, quoting from Micah 5:2, that the city was Bethlehem (vs.5,6). Herod called the Wise-men unto him and sent them to Bethlehem with orders to return to him so he also would be able to go and worship Him (vs.7,8). However, he had no intention of going and worshiping Him, but rather he planned to go and destroy Him (vs.13). As the Wise-men continue in their search for Jesus the star guides them to where “the young child was” (vs.9). “And they came into the house and saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshiped him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (vs.11). They then returned unto their own country, going a different way because God had warned them in a dream to do so (vs.12).
Thus, we have the story of the Wise-men and how they were searching for Jesus. Let us consider the message this story gives to the people of the 21st century.

First, consider the fact they were “Wise-men” searching for the Christ. What makes a man wise? Is it the great knowledge of earthly things which makes a man wise? Is it the amount of common sense a person has that makes him wise? According to our human standards, these things perhaps would make a man wise. But we need to remember that our life on this earth is temporary and a time will come when we will go to our eternal home. In 1 Corinthians 3:18 Paul tells us that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” Wisdom of earthly things will not help us in the day of Judgement but indeed wisdom of spiritual things will help us. Paul told Timothy in 2 Tim.3:15 that the holy scriptures would make a man “wise unto salvation.” Those same holy scriptures can make us “wise unto salvation” if we will apply ourselves to know them today. Paul in Eph.5:17 told them not to be unwise, “but understand what the will of the Lord is.” A true understanding of God s word is what truly makes one a Wise man.

Second, consider the fact God guided these men to the Christ through the star. These men had seen the star in the east and came to Jerusalem searching for the Christ. Upon leaving Jerusalem the star guided them to the place where the young child was with His mother Mary. God likewise guides us to His only begotten Son today, only now it is not done through a star but through His word, the Bible. The Bible is to us as the star was to the Wise-men. It guides us and directs us to the Christ. Psalms 32:8 tells us God will instruct and teach and guide us in the way we ought to go. Proverbs 3:5 tells us to “Trust in the Lord … in all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” If we are sincerely looking for the Christ, we can find Him because of the guidance God has provided for us in His word.

Third, consider the fact they were filled with joy upon seeing the star and the newborn King of the Jews. We today should likewise be filled with joy upon finding the Christ. Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He is the Savior, the friend, the all in all. There is no other way of life, and there is no peace to the soul till He is found. We should rejoice to see all that God has put in His word to guide us to His beloved Son. We should diligently search for the Christ and upon finding Him, our hearts should naturally be filled with joy.

The question for us is whether we too are Wise-men. When this life is over and we stand before the judgment bar of Christ, we’ll be judged on whether we were wise enough to search for Him. Sadly, many will be judged as unwise since they focused on the things of this physical life rather than following the guidance of the Heavenly Father to His Son, Jesus. Will you be judged as wise or unwise?