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Like the Magi
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 earth.

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 of Ephiphany.

Detail of painting by Gentile da Fabriano, "The Adoration of the Magi" c. 1423


This excerpt is from the Living Faith™ Bible (Tyndale House Publishers)
Copyright © 2003, 2000 David and Renée Sanford

Now 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."

Matthew 2:1-2

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