Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Wise Men Still Seek Him


Scripture
"Now after Jesus was born in Bethelem of Judea in the days of Herod the King, behold, behold wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." ...And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincence, and myrrh. And being warned in a dream no to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way." Matthew 2:1-12.


Study:
The Magi's found the young child and worshipped him and offered him gifts. Having been warned in a dream they chose to avoid King Herod and return home another way.
The ones at a distance had heard of His coming and came for miles to see him.  Even though these Magi were not of the religious sect nor were they Jewish but they recognized Jesus. Many times the seemingly religious, and some who sit on church pews, are blinded by Satan to see the Christ Child. 
Application:
It is a wise man and woman who chooses, in and above all else, when they hear about Jesus to seek and when he is found bow and worship Him. What is your spiritual Take-Away?
Having studied the stars and heavenly bodies, these philosophers, Wise men, or Magi's, when they saw this unusual star, recognized it as the Old Testament  prophesy (Numbers 24:17) of the coming Messiah. So they began their trip to Bethlehem to inquire and worship the Christ Child.  On their way they encountered the wicked King Herod, who through trickery, asked them to report to him the Christ Child's whereabouts. Even though he was old and his reign was close to an end he could not stand the chance of a rival. In his jealous nature he wanted to get rid of Jesus. 


I find it interesting that the inhabitants of Jerusalem, those that seem to be so covered in religion do not know him. Notice too, how Herod under the disguise of religion said to the Magi, "so that I may come and worship him also." If he had really been interested he could have traveled the approximate seven miles to see the Christ Child himself. His objective was to destroy Christ, but this was not in God's plan. We see God's hand of protection on His son. Likewise he protects the Church today.


Have you heard about Jesus, you know all the facts, but you've never gone the distance to see him, to see for yourself and experience Him in your life?  You have the same habits and live life as you have always lived? Are you willing to come close enough to him that he can make a difference in your life? The difference for us is that we do not have to go far. God's presence is as close as the mention of his name. 


Prayer: 
Dear God, thank you for coming in the flesh to dwell among us, to embrace, to protect, and save those who will choose to seek you. Help me to seek you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.