Wise Men Still Seek Him.
Why can’t I get this little saying out of my head? It’s probably been around for a long time, but this year was the first time I heard it, and I can’t…get….it….out….of my….head! Perhaps, it’s because I need the daily reminder in this season of parties, presents, TV specials, and go, go go—to seek FIRST His Kingdom and righteousness (Matt. 6:33). Even with all our good intentions to slow down, we can find ourselves scrambling for a chance to catch our breath sometimes.
I lay in bed last night, with too much caffeine from the latest Christmas gathering, and I just kept thinking, “Wise men still seek Him.”
I thought about these wise men and what little we know of them. The Bible only says this:
Now after 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 saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Funny, I had never thought about it before, but the wise men had distractions from Christ too. They arose to seek Him, but found themselves with some obstacles to overcome in order to find the Christ-Child–namely Herod. The king, trying to lure them from seeking the light to accepting his darkness. Go find the Child, and then come back to me. Isn’t that what the world always asks of us….”Come back to me. To my distractions and busy-ness and I will offer pleasures and material things.” The world with all it’s “things” that glitter and shine, sometimes catches our eye faster than the Light of the World.
But (and I love this!), the wise men choose to seek HIM, and what do they receive? Joy, exceedingly great joy! I love that the Bible phrases it that way. When they had sought Him they “rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.” The way it is described, it almost makes me think they couldn’t have been ANY more joyful…as if their heart were about to bust from the joy received at worshiping this child. I love to think that when we seek Christ, He fills us with more joy than we can even know what to do with! While the king (little k) offered lies and bribes to the wise men, the King (big K) offered exceedingly great joy!
So maybe this is why I keep hearing that phrase in my mind. Maybe it’s God’s way of whispering to me this season,
Come. Rejoice. I offer exceedingly great joy for those wise enough to seek ME.
Merry Christmas to you all…may you receive the gift of exceedingly great joy this season!