Although little is recorded in the Bible about the wise men they receive a lot of attention every Christmas. There’s just something about their story that attracts attention. One pastor called their story “The first Star Trek”, but it was popular long before anyone ever heard of that. It seems that every preacher has in his sermon arsenal a message about the wise men.
There are a dozen different ways to construct an outline of their story, but this is what comes to my mind when I read Matt. 2:1-12.
I. THEIR SEARCH FOR GRATIFICATION
These men were held in high esteem by others but something was missing. Their worldly status could not satisfy. Even the rich and famous need Christ! Absolutely nothing can fill the void in man’s heart except Christ.
II. THEIR NEED FOR GUIDANCE–vs.2“…Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”
Here we find a reminder of the fact that we could never find Christ without God’s help. In their case it came not only in the form of a star, but also from others–even an unlikely instructor like Herod. Be thankful for those in your life you point you to Christ and provide spiritual direction–they are God-sent.
III. THEIR EXPRESSION OF GLADNESS— vs. 10 “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
IV. THEIR SENSE OF GRATITUDE— vs. 11 “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.”
Being in His presence stirred them to worship, which include the giving of gifts. How can we give less than our best to the One who gave all for us?
The great need in churches today is to make Christ known. When the church atmosphere is what it should be sinners will take note of God’s presence (1 Cor. 14:23-25). I pray that you will attend church this Christmas and that you will sense His presence and worship Him in spirit and truth.