Where Are the Wise Men?

Where Are the Wise Men?

Matthew 2:1-12

 
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.’
When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So, he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.
‘In Bethlehem of Judea,’ they told him, ‘because this is what was written by the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: Because out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’
 
Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship him.’
 
After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy. Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route” (Matthew 2:1-12, CSB).
 
 
The appropriate response to Jesus is seen in the faith of the Wise Men.
 
1. Those who are wise seek the King, and they find the King (v. 9).
 
“After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was” (Matt. 2:9, CSB).
 
“Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell facedown, worshiped Daniel, and gave orders to present an offering and incense to him. The king said to Daniel, “Your God is indeed God of gods, Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, since you were able to reveal this mystery.” Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many generous gifts. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon” (Dan. 2:46-48, CSB).
 
The Wise Men followed the star. Our star is the Scriptures.
 
“Your Word is lamp for my feet and a light on my path” (Ps. 119:105, CSB).
 
 
2. Those who are wise rejoice when they find the King. (v. 10)
 
“When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy” (Matt. 2:10, CSB).
 
 
3. Those who are wise worship the King. (v. 11).
 
“Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matt. 2:11, CSB).
 
 
The inappropriate response to Jesus is seen in the unbelief of the priests and the scribes (vv. 4-6).
“So, he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.
‘In Bethlehem of Judea,’ they told him, ‘because this is what was written by the prophet:
And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: Because out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel’ (Matt. 2:4-6, CSB).
 
 
The chief priests and scribes believe in a sense and yet do not believe.
 
“This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (Matt. 15:8, CSB).