Wise Men Still Seek Jesus

  When Abraham Lincoln was born, his cousin, Dennis Hanks, 9 years old, was visiting.  Nancy let Dennis hold the baby and Abraham just cried and cried.  Dennis handed the crying baby back and said, “Aunt, take him, he’ll never come to much.”
How wrong could a person be.

  When Jesus, the Messiah, was born, there were at least three groups of people who responded differently to the coming of Jesus.

  Herod’s response was: “O come let us destroy Him.”  
“Herod gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under.”  Matthew 2:16
Herod feared that this Jesus would take his place as King.  The only answer he could come up with was to rid himself of this competition.  He tried to have Jesus killed.

  The Jews were ignorant as to the claims of Jesus because they refused to search the Scriptures. And when they did, their prejudices blinded them to seeing Jesus.  There the Messiah was before them and they deliberately ignored Him.  Their response was “O come let us ignore Him.” 
“He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.”  John 1:11 

  See the wise men as they come seeking a Savior, so they could worship Him. “O come let us adore Him.”  “They bowed down and worshiped Him.”  Matthew 2:11  They expressed their devotion by giving Him gifts.

  What is our response to Jesus, who is the Messiah?

  Many people today wish Jesus was dead, so He wouldn’t threaten their way of living.

  Many people today just ignore he light of the world, Jesus.  They don’t hate Him or love Him, they just are indifferent toward Him.

  However, wise people today still seek Jesus to worship Him.  They give Him their lives as an expression of devotion.  We must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The star was God’s means of leading the wise men to His Son.  Our star is the Scriptures. Wise people seek God’s guidance through His Word.  One wise man said, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”     Psalm 119:105 
  Paul urged Timothy, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”    2 Timothy 2:15 
God’s word leads to Christ and, through Him, to God.

  Nelson, the great admiral, always treated his vanquished opponents with the greatest kindness and courtesy.  After one of his naval victories, the defeated admiral was brought aboard Nelson’s flagship, and on to Nelson’s quarter deck.  Knowing Nelson’s reputation for courtesy, he advanced across the quarter deck with hand outstretched, as if he was advancing to shake hands with an equal.  Nelson’s hand remained by his side.  Nelson said, “Your sword first and then your hand.”

  Before we can be friends of Jesus, we must submit to Him.  We must always meet Christ on terms of complete submission and complete surrender.  He must be King of Kings and Lord of Lords of our lives.                             May the Christ of Christmas be yours today and always.

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