The Wise Men: World News!

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
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Matthew 2:1b-2 – 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 in the east and have come to worship him." (NIV)

I never expected the Christmas nativity to be so adventurous till I began a background search on the wise men. That was like stepping through a quaint Christmas card and finding myself in a world of wide-eyed wonder. Gone was that traditional scene of three obscure camel riders in royal robes slipping into Judea one starry night. I'm now convinced that the biblical account of the Magi can help us grasp, with renewed awe, God's immense love for humanity. Won't you join me as I share some thoughts?

The Magi tradition traces back to the ancient Babylonian and Persian empires. This was a priestly class with powerful authority in middle-eastern civilization. These men possessed great knowledge in science, agriculture, astronomy, and more. They were the royal judges, lawmakers, and kingmakers, gaining revelation by divination and prophetic insight.

Centuries later, a special sign in the heavenlies stirred the Magi's curiosity. It pointed to the birth of a King. These stargazers were so serious that they embarked on a lengthy pilgrimage across the hostile desert, perhaps 800 miles! Considering their status, this was perhaps a huge entourage, riding on royal steeds, accompanied by soldiers, slaves, cooks, and so forth. Whatever their size, they entered Jerusalem unannounced, seeking information on a royal Child's whereabouts. Imagine the stir!

King Herod and all Jerusalem were terrified; a rival ruler spelt doom. Meanwhile, their religious authorities couldn't be bothered to check out the possible fulfilment of biblical prophecy. Imagine! Both political and religious leaders chose to sidestep God's divine plan. Meanwhile, a group of authorities on regal destinies had travelled an enormous distance to acknowledge and worship this infant King. They came, essentially, to coronate King Jesus.

For centuries now, Christians have found comfort in the humble obscurity surrounding Christ's birth. Yet, the wise men remind us that this event was by no means obscure. The royal birth was recognized on an international level. It shook Jerusalem's elite! This was world news — and today, the Magi challenge our modern assumption that faith is a private affair.

People are seeking Him through all kinds of means and places — maybe not through the stars, but maybe through social, political, or health concerns; maybe through scientific curiosity; maybe through YouTube. No matter where or how, God will reveal Himself to genuine seekers, just as He did for the Magi. Many seekers today literally come from the ancient lands of the Magi. These modern Persians, Iranians, are surrendering their lives to Christ in unprecedented numbers. That's God's relentless love — so wide and long and high and deep.

The Magi remind us that no political or religious power can sidestep the King of the universe. He still rules. Let us worship God with wonder and awe, and recognize Him for Who He truly is. Like the wise men, let us humbly bow on bended knee in worship before Him, and pay Him tribute with our very lives.

Prayer: Lord, kindle within us a renewed sense of wonder and inquiry surrounding Christ's birth, that like the wise men, we, too, may orientate our entire lives for worshipping Him as the only legitimate King of all. Amen.

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Diane Eaton <d.eaton@bmts.com>
Paisley, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you.


    Thanks for sharing, Diane. Have a Merry Christmas.


    Great devotional! Thank you. And a blessed Christmas.


    Thank you for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.


    Very interesting post, Diane! Thanks and have a blessed Christmas!


    Thanks Diane. I didn’t know much about the Magi!
    (Ont)


    Thank you, Diane, for the background research you have done which makes today’s devotional so rich.


    Wow, Diane! Helps me! So much I didn’t know that you have dug out and presented in these great words today! Makes sense and makes me humble and grateful to hear them.


    Thank you, Diane, for sharing this informative and encouraging devotional with us today. God bless you and yours during this Christmas season and into the upcoming year! Blessings.


    Thank you, Diane, for your historical and mystical reminder in today’s devotional.
    And a blessed and merry Christmas to you and those you love.
    (Texas)


    Merry Christmas, Diane, and thank you for your continued teachings and devotions. May 2022 bless you and your family with good health and much happiness.
    (ON)


    Hello Diane,
    Thanks for this very interesting and informative devotional today. Blessings for these in-depth writings you do and may you enjoy a wonderful celebration of our loving Saviour’s birth.


    Wow, what an amazing devotional. I never thought about the message of Christ’s birth being international at the time of HIS birth.
    What an awesome God we serve.
    Thanks so much.


    Good morning.
    What an absolutely wonderful message for me to start my day with. Thank you for the reflection for our everyday life and relationship with God as our King. Have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.


    I truly enjoyed your message in today’s Devotional. Our lives today, filled with Covid fears, etc., often overstep the Everlasting Miracle that brought Salvation.
    MERRY CHRISTMAS.
    (ON)


    Dear Diane,
    I want to thank you for that wonderful message. I learned so much and am truly inspired by it.
    Christmas Blessings, Love, Joy, Peace, Laughter,
    (Ontario)


    Merry Christmas Diane and family
    Thank you for this interesting devotional today, wow, can just imagine all that was involved by this birth of Christ. Amazing. It touched my heart. It brought tears to my eyes when I read where God will reveal Himself. Oh how I pray people will receive Christ and their Christmas gift would be their salvation!!!!
    God bless you and trusting 2022 will be a great year.


    Good morning, Diane,
    Even after all these years, Jesus is being discovered by more and more people around the world.
    Your prayer is so important because at times we do need a renewed sense of wonder and inquiry.
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and research and for always making us think in new and powerful ways. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2022.

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