The Wisest Search Ever Made
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
- Truth: God is making himself known to those who hunger for him.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
The Old Testament Confirms the Story of Salvation
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
- Truth: Scripture authoritatively communicates God’s plan.
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21
Those Who Found Christ Worshiped Him
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
- Truth: To know Christ is to worship him.
προσεκύνησαν – fall prostrate, bow down, worship
Gold – A King’s Gift
Frankincense – A Priest’s Gift
Myrrh – A Gift for a Sacrifice
The Wise Men Left A Different Way
And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
- Truth: A person’s life hinges on their experience with Christ.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:9-10