Christmas has come and gone, and the traditions of celebration are over.  However, the Christ child is still here!  We ooohed and aaaahed over the birth of this baby, sang praises to His name, and even declared Him to be our Savior and Messiah.  Now what?  For answers, let’s seek a word from the wise, as in the wisemen of the Christmas story. 

SUGGESTED READING:  Matthew 2:1 – 12

In short, the answer is we kneel before our Lord and Savior and worship Him!  The wise men show us how.

The wise men, who were astrologers, are believed to have come from a place near ancient Babylon.  It is said they traveled thousands of miles to find the newborn King.  They weren’t just curiosity seekers!  To travel thousands of miles in ancient days required a huge commitment to their purpose!  Their purpose was to find, honor, and worship the new king of the Jews.  They did so by bringing gifts fit for a king.  When they arrived they opened their treasure chests and presented Jesus with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  When it was time for them to leave, God appeared to them in a dream and instructed them to go back a differnent way than how they’d come. 

There’s a lot to this story that I’d like to share, but I try to keep things brief on this site.  Following is a summary of a  few main points:

1) The wise men had heard about something wonderful and were willing to do whatever it took to find it for themselves.

2) They came prepared to offer their best – only the finest for the king!   They didn’t wait until they’d met him or heard what others thought about him before deciding what to offer.  He was royalty like none other on earth and they wanted to make the appropriate offerings!

3) Even though Jesus probably wasn’t what they were expecting, they still knelt before him.  They honored him by humbling themselves before him.

4) Finding favor with God for what they’d done, He knowingly and lovingly sent them back another way than that from which they’d come. 

Are you willing to make whatever journey it is that will lead you to Christ? 

Will you/Do you come before Him prepared and willing to offer Him your best?  These offerings might be of your gifts, time, talents, or efforts. 

Are you willing to honor Jesus by humbling yourself before Him?

If you are willing to do these things, then you can be sure that God will be with you, just as He was with the wise men, to send you on in a new way.  For no one encounters Christ and goes back the way they came. 

It’s a new year.  Are you willing to go a new way?

I’m writing a more in-depth look at the wise men and what we can learn from them and about them.  If you’d like to know more, I’ll be happy to share the info in writing or come share with you/your group in person! 

Blessings to all,

Renee

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