April 21 – Jesse Tree – Wise Men

Read Matthew 2:1-12

“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, and of incense and of myrrh.”  Matthew 2:10-11

We have all seen the Christmas pageants where little kids are dressed up in their dad’s bathrobes.  We have Mary and Joseph and a baby doll lying in a wooden manger surrounded by the shepherds and sheep.   The 3 wise men with fake beards come in carrying wrapped gifts that they lay down before the manger while the choir sings Silent Night.

But actually the wise men came much later. By then the little family was living in a house.   According to the decree of King Herod to have all baby boys 2 years old or younger killed, we could possibly assume that Jesus was as old as 2 by the time the wise men arrived.

But their arrival was significant in at least 2 ways.   First, they were not Jewish yet they came to worship Him.  They were astrologers from the  East.  Had Jesus come for ALL people not just the Jews?  “For God so loved the WORLD that he gave his only begotten son.”  God had guided them there… their arrival was not by accident.

The second important point is they gave of their treasures.  Not a few trinkets but expensive presents.  Do we give Jesus our best treasures of time, talents, and tithes or do we just give Him the leftovers…if there are any leftovers?

Wise men STILL seek Him….do you? What are some ways that you are going to continually seek Christ?

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