Monday, December 7, 2015

WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM


 
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.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©6, December 2015

 
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?
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie  
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. I love the story of the wise men! Such wisdom and insight, and such earnest, seeking hearts! Thank you for once again sharing your gift of poetry to bless me!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and I'm so happy it ministered to you Norma :-)

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