Matthew 2:10-11 – “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”
Do you have a manger scene set up for Christmas? If so, where are the wise men?
You know, it’s funny at my house. When we out up our nativity scene, my daughter always wants to put the wise men far away from baby Jesus. So many people put the wise men at the manger scene. In reality, there is no way that they could have been there.
In the beginning of Matthew 2, we are told that a star appeared in the east when Jesus was born and that the wise men followed this star all the way to Jerusalem. They were from “the east”. I’m not sure exactly where these fellas had come from, but I know that it would have had to have taken them a really long time to get there. It’s not like they had cars or planes or something along those lines. They rode donkeys and camels – not known for their speed.
But they kept following. They trudged and traveled all night long for many months, perhaps. Can you imagine? Just traveling to who knows where following a star? But God had a purpose – He always does.
Meanwhile, in our verses today, we are told that Jesus was a “young child” when they finally got there AND He was in a house. He had been in a stable that night – probably more like a cave. When the Bible describes when Jesus was born, the writers use the term “babe” or “baby”, not “young child”. This term is usually reserved for toddler aged little people.
Yes, I know, to some this is nit-picky. But to me, it is important. And the reason it is important is this – by putting the wise men far from the nativity scene, I am reminded of the diligence the wise men showed at seeking out Jesus. They could have given up after a week or a month. But they kept following this star that they could not explain. They had no idea where it was going, but they knew when they got there that they would meet the King of kings and the Lord of lords.
If you had been with the wise men, would you have kept going? Would you have continued night after night to follow a moving star in the night sky?
We have the written Word of God easily available at our fingertips. We know the beginning of the story, the middle of the story and the end of the story. We can see His miracles, His deeds, His caring heart, His will and so much more any time we want. Yet, would we be considered wise men who seek after Him with no more than a star to guide us?