Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Matthew 2:1
The Lord said, “But wisdom is justified of her children.” Today, I want to share with you another favorite hymn and the lessons I’ve learned from their story.
They left all to find Him.
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:2
Nothing wrong with having possessions but, He must come first.
They shared the good news while on their journey.
When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. Matthew 2:3-8
I want to share the good news with everyone I meet. So many are hurting who need to hear the Hope of Salvation.
They went where they were led and never gave up!
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. Matthew 2:9
In this life, we will have heartaches. Let us remember Who is waiting at the end of this journey!
They brought their best and laid it at the newborn King’s feet.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were 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 unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11
At the closing of each year, I question if I have given my best. He truly deserves my best!
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24
I love to worship Him! Adore. Nothing between. No secrets. Honesty, openness, and willingness. True love.
And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. Matthew 2:12
Lord, fine tune my ears!
Words and Music 1857 John H. Hopkins Jr.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Sounds through the earth and skies.