At the time of Jesus’ birth, there came wise men from the East. How did they know to begin their journey? They had studied about the One Who was to come and they had been watching for Him. How did they know where to search? They followed the Divine Guidance of God, the Father, Who was leading them.
The interesting thing about the wise men is that they did not go straight to Jesus. They faced obstacles along the way. They could have given up and gone home … but they didn’t. They kept searching. It is estimated it took them a couple of years to find Jesus. But so great was their desire to see Him face to face, they continued to look.
In our reading of this very familiar Christmas story, we sometimes miss the point of what truly made the wise men, wise. They were not seeking a blessing from Jesus. Why were they searching for Him? Matthew 2:1-2 tells us. They wanted to worship Him!
And when they found Him, they didn’t ask for gifts from Him. They brought gifts to Him! As this New Year begins, may we begin a search for Jesus … to know Him more fully … to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. May we humbly lay all we are at His Feet, seeking to be used by Him as a Gift to His World!
For we have seen His Star in the East and have come to worship Him.
And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His Mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.