Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures,
they presented gifts to Him:
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:1-2 & 9-11
Wise men three you came from afar seeking a king you followed a star.
I can’t help but wonder why did you go what really compelled you
to seek him so?
The perfumes you brought fit for a king you gave them away to a small babe.
Did you understand who he would become did you even realize who he really was?
Wise men three you traveled so far lighted by a star falling on bended knee you honored The King of kings.
If wise men still seek Him I wonder how far we will go seeking our One True Star?
At Christmas time (or all year through) will we go out of our way to seek the Christ child anew? How far will we go to follow Your light?
The only present — our hearts a perfume of worship to give so precious, so perfect our only true gift presented on bended knee in our quest of Him just like the wise men three.
I started thinking about this last Christmas but never quite followed through on my inquisitiveness until now.
Why did the wise men seek Jesus?
These men were seeking the one they had heard would be the King of the Jews. They were looking for The Messiah. What is interesting is that these three men were not Jews. They were Gentiles and yet, they sought after the One who would be king. Don’t miss this fact: Jesus lived in Bethlehem for 2 years and His own received Him not. The Jews didn’t honor Him, they didn’t look for Him and didn’t pay Him any attention. Yet, three men from another country desired so much to know this King that they pursued Him with all of their hearts, giving up all they had, until they found Him. In Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Matthew chapter 2 we read this: “With ourselves, we must give up all that we have to Jesus Christ; and if we be sincere in the surrender of ourselves to him, we shall not be unwilling to part with what is dearest to us, and most valuable, to him and for him; nor are our gifts accepted, unless we first present ourselves to him living sacrifices.” ¹ I want to be a wise (wo)man. I want to seek after God with my whole heart so that in my worship to Him, it will be a most precious ointment of sacrificial worship to Him. It’s a high calling but so worth the living. Will you become a wise man and seek God too?