Why the wise men still matter

Matthew 2:1-12

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.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

The Magi. The Three Wise Men. Why should they still matter. In a world where instant gratification rules the lives of so many, young and old, they still matter. Here’s why.

  1. Discipline. First and foremost, the Wise Men teach us that a life in Christ is a discipline. It’s not a sprint or a marathon. It is a steady pace growing closer and closer to Christ. Like the Magi’s Camels, our relationship with Christ can be seem slow. Yes, when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior he comes directly into you heart and life. slow, because we tend to not let go of our old self. Like that camel ride, the journey can have peaks and valleys, times of rest and pause, it can be dirty, hot, cold. For many parents, we get concerned when our kids no longer want to go to Church, be involved in youth group, and somewhat rebel. Remember the Magi. Their journey was long and, although the North Star shined bright, they may not have stared at it the whole time. Your faith and that of your children can be the same. Just remember you can always look up for that light and regain your path to growing closer to Christ.
  2. Instant Gratification. We live in a world of instant gratification. Likes, comments and shares tend to be our measure for how well we are doing. (BTW, it would be great if you would like and share this post, lol). The Christian life can be hard. We pray and it can seem like all of eternity before God responds. There is instant gratification in the Christian life, however, it’s in God’s timing, not ours. You can expect that your prayers are instantly heard, the answers just don’t always come when we want them, but God is always on time and at the right time.
  3. Sacrifice. The sacrifice of the Magi was more than just dropping their lives and heading off on a journey to find the King, they also risked their lives in the process. Herod was deviant. He convinced them to let him know where the child was. God said “I don’t think so”. The Magi were told to go home another way. After a long journey, we all love the end when we pull in the driveway at our home, yet the Magi said yes to God when he called an audible. They said yes and sacrificed their plans for the glory of God.

So yes, the Three Wise men, the Magi, still matter. Wise men and women still seek him. The Magi’s discipline, long journey (no instant gratification) and sacrifice prove the love of their God and shows us the way to closer and closer to Christ.

God Bless you,

Father Jason Bowden

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