“The Heart of Wise Men”

“The Heart of Wise Men”
Woodlawn Baptist Church
December 15, 2010

~Matt. 2:1-12

How earnest, strong-minded, and determined are we when seeking the Lord in our life?  Do we eventually give up when we can’t “find Him” or He doesn’t bless us in the way that WE want Him too?  Or do we have the heart of the wise men, who never gave up on finding Jesus to simply worship Him?  Most commonly we hear the story of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ for Christmas but not often do we hear of the wise men who traveled far to kneel before and bear gifts to Him.

Matthew 2:1-12 explains the struggle, yet determination, that these wise men faced in search of reaching Jesus.  They had traveled far and still could not find baby Jesus. They came to the city of Jerusalem where they met King Herod and asked if He knew where to find Jesus.  King Herod, upset that he had not heard about Jesus’ birth, gathered all of the chief priests and scribes and demanded of them where Jesus was born.  King Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem, by following a bright star, in search of Jesus commanding that they report back to Him once they found Him so that he too may worship Him (but King Herod really wanted to destroy Jesus).  When the wise men spotted the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  Finally the wise men reached the house where Jesus was and saw the young CHILD (referencing how long it took them; Jesus was no longer a small baby, but a young child) with His mother Mary.  They immediately fell down, worshipped Him, and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country.  Again, how earnest, strong-minded, and determined are we when seeking the Lord in our life?

Something to think about: Take a moment to exam your life and see if you have the heart of the wise men.  Pray and ask God to strengthen you to never give up on seeking more of Him.  Also, Christmas is one of the most celebrated and favorite holidays of the year. As we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, gift giving, and commercialism of Christmas, let us truly remember why this holiday exists.  Jesus’ birth is the real reason for the season.  Let’s not take Christ out of our CHRISTmas this year and in years to come!!!

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