If you’re familiar with Christmas traditions, the Three Wise Men are central characters in the birth-story of Jesus; but, if you’re familiar with the Bible, you know that the magi had nothing to do with Christ’s birth.
Matthew chapter 2 begins with the words, Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king; behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem. The magi arrived “after” Jesus was born, but how long after? The Bible goes on to say that when the wise men met King Herod, he asked them to find the young Child who would be King of the Jews (Matt 2:8) and report back to him. The word “child” refers to a toddler. This same word is used three more times in the story (Matt 2:9, 11, 13).
Led by the star, the wise men found the toddler Jesus living in a house – not a stable (Matt 2:9). And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him (Matt 2:11).
When the magi reported back to King Herod, he was jealous and fearful. The thought that a new king might take his throne caused him to decree that every male child under the age of 3 was to be murdered (Matt 2:16).
The wise men sought out Jesus to worship Him; Herod wanted Jesus’ life so he could better secure his own life. These two sorts of people live today: those who sincerely worship Jesus and those who merely want things from Him to better their own existence.
May the phrase wise men still seek Him, be true of you this Christmas season.