The Bible says, “Seek the Lord while He may be found.” Some wise men, maybe from Babylon, understood and went on a search for God’s king. They worshiped at the end of their search and gave kingly gifts. How did they know their search was over? A star told them. “The heavens declare the glory of God.” Sounds like divine guidance to me.
WISE MEN SEEK AFTER JESUS THE KING.
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him'” (Matthew 2:l,2).
Every middle-east court had its wise men. Could have been teachers of Persian kings, skilled in philosophy, medicine and natural sciences. Think Daniel. These men somehow learned about the promised birth of a Jewish king and linked it to an unusual star.
Seekers ask questions: “Where is he…?” Jesus was born right under the nose of Jewish leaders, but they were not seeking. They were giving answers when they should have been asking questions. They even told Herod the answer: “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet” (2:5). They sat five miles away, and didn’t move an inch. Sitters, not seekers. Most people, even religious ones, are too passive to go after Jesus.
The wise men wrongly assumed that if Jesus were a king, he would be found in Jerusalem. Seekers need to be guided more by revelation than by reason. A star got them moving. The same star guided them to Bethlehem when they got back on track.
On the day of Pentecost, seekers asked questions, “’What do these things mean?’ Others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine'” (Acts 2:l2b,l3). Such statements close people off to seeking new truth. Seekers ask—and keep asking.
GOD HELPS SEEKERS TO FIND JESUS.
It may take a while, but seekers are finders! “When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother…” (2:10,11).
Their journey was long and costly, but they found the Messiah. God led them first by a star, then by a scripture (spoken by religious legalists), again by the star, then by a dream. God will do whatever it takes to help seekers find Jesus. Remember that!
WHEN SEEKERS DISCOVER JESUS, THEY WORSHIP.
When the wise men found the King, “they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11).
Jesus is the threat of sitters and the goal of seekers, who end up worshippers!
The wise men could have been disappointed. Yet they somehow knew that they had found what they were looking for, and they gave all they had. We can do the same in the year stretched out before us. We can seek Him with all our heart, then worship with all our heart!