I seek the Lord with all my heart...
If you’re not
married, how long have you sought a spouse? If you are married, how long
did you seek your spouse’s “I do”?
The Magi risked everything, seeking the Christ child for many months.
They traveled perhaps 1,000 miles or more in a small camel train to find
“the one who has been born king of the Jews".
These wise men may have come from a prestigious city of the ancient Medes,
Persians, or Caldeans—almost certainly not Jews. Why then their
intense dedication to find Jesus Christ?
Somehow, these men knew that God in heaven had sent his Son to earth.
Nothing more spectacular had ever happened in human history. They felt
compelled to welcome this awesome child and to present him with exquisite
gifts of great wealth.
Braving extreme heat, sand storms, and the constant threat of thieves,
these Magi traveled through many foreign lands to the far west—to
within a day of the great Mediterranean Sea.
God rewarded the dedication of these wise men and protected them as they
returned home with the great news that God’s Son indeed had visited
Like the Magi, you and I have a choice to make. With others, let’s
seek the Lord with all our hearts.
FURTHER STUDY: The story of the Magi is from
the second chapter of Matthew's gospel.
In Christian tradition, Magi, wise men from the
East, came to pay homage to the infant Jesus. According
to Matthew 2:1–12, they followed a miraculous guiding star to Bethlehem
and brought gifts of “gold and frankincense and myrrh.” King
Herod asked them to report the location of Jesus' birth on their return
journey, but an angel warned them of his evil intentions. In later Christian
tradition they were said to be kings and were given the names Melchior,
Balthasar, and Gaspar. Their visit was seen as evidence that the Gentiles
as well as the Jews would worship Jesus, and it is celebrated in the feast
Detail of painting by Gentile da Fabriano, "The Adoration of the
Magi" c. 1423
excerpt is from the Living Faith™ Bible (Tyndale House Publishers)
Copyright © 2003, 2000 David and Renée Sanford
when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
there came three wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, "Where
is he that is born King of the Jews? We have seen his star in the east,
and are come to worship him."