A Being Worth Seeking . . .
A Being Worth Seeking . . .
"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.'" Matthew 2:1-2 (NIV)
If for no other reason, this qualifies the traditional trio for official "wise men" status.
(Or wise men "statti." Magi statti? Never mind. Not important. Nor wise!)
Maybe it was only two men. "Magi from the east" is plural so we know it's more than one "wise man"; traditionally, the number has been three because of the three gifts they brought to Baby Jesus. Regardless, it was at least two, and you know what Matthew in his Gospel account writes in Chapter 18 about what's happening where two or more are gathered in His name. "I am in their midst," Jesus said.
So although the Magi didn't know it at the time, Jesus was with them on their journey . . . and long before . . . every step of the way.
As a divine yet human baby, Jesus could not go to these men. They came to Him.
Note they had been studying, likely for years. They had been painstakingly waiting for the star . . . "His star" . . . and, having long ago made up their minds about what to do when the moment came, they saw His star, saddled up, and set out for what their hearts and minds told them must be an event not to be missed.
Ever since then . . . and again, long before, almost as long as there have been stars to shine . . . wise men have found Jesus when they've intentionally searched for Him. Maybe they could not read a science book or even a road map. Maybe they didn't know the North Star from a starfish. Maybe they could barely count to 10, but surely they knew who they could count on.
Our true wise men and women have always searched for the Savior and have not stopped searching until they were certain He'd moved into a manger prepared in their hearts.
The preacher once said that throughout history, lots of men have wanted to be God. But only one God has ever wanted to be man. That God is a being worth seeking.
(Next time: "A Being Worth Seeing")
Writer/Editor Specialist, University Communications--Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana.
eThoughts Team -- Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. XII, No. 01-01TA -- Archived
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