Geniuses, virtuoso, experts, inventors, and many individuals who are displaying beyond the capabilities of their fellow human beings, can be considered as wise men in this world’s standard. But are you among the wise?
Mat 2:1-2 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, 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.
These wise men in the Scriptures were mistakenly identified as kings (the reason the “Three kings” is celebrated), named after Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar as Catholic tradition supplied. I will not contend on the fact that they were not according to true traditions, but how can we learn from these three men. Are you wise enough to surpass what they have displayed? Here are some reasons why they are WISE.
I will use the acronym, WISE, to give you four things that characterizes a wise men according to these account found in Matthew chapter 2. Consider how you can be like them. But I will start first with the letter “I”. The wise men
Wise men do not just depend on others, on traditions, and on what some people are saying. They are curious on something that is so rare that’s why they investigate. And when they saw the star, it did not escaped their attention (Mt.2: ). Most people or Geniuses in this world explore many rare things , but not the higher things which concern Christ. A true wise men investigates not only the temporal, but the things which concerns eternity (2 Co.4:18).
They initiate and do not wait for others to do it for them. They were not told by any leaders to start the search. Why among the wisest men from the east, why only three comes up to initiate the search? There could be many students in the University of Wisest in the east like them , but only three of them were interested a lot and decided to move.
They inquired , they asked (Mt.2:2), but they did not accept and believe every information that was given to them. They admit that they needed other information, other’s help. Some Genius of this world depend on their own discoveries, their own endeavors, and do not consider what others have to say, lest the credits be given unto their rivals.
They inspect or search for truth. They reached the conclusion that the star symbolizes the King of the Jews. They studied or examined many things to see if it were so ,like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11). And they can easily identify and follow Godly guidance (Mt.2:9,12), and a cunning Herod cannot fool them (Mt.2:7).
Wise men make sacrifices. They have traveled a long way from the east (Mt.2:1). Sacrifice takes preparations. They planned for many things before doing any actions. The gifts that they have tells us how prepared they were (Mt.2:11). Their sacrifice also requires their patience. Using only a camel, they traveled a long way from the east to reach Bethlehem. We are not told exactly how long. But we are told that the child that they have found is no longer a newly born with chord still in placed. Sacrifices also requires persistence. You can wait patiently , but doing the work continuously is another thing.
These wise men enjoys. A true wise men will find real satisfaction. He will not long for more. When the wise men have found what they are looking for, when they saw the star, and when they saw the child, they were filled with rejoicing.
Our search has an end, a goal. It should bring us satisfaction, contentment. It tells us that our labor is not in vain. Many wise men in this world long for more of the things of this world. They want to achieve perfection, but it can only be found in Christ. Like these wise men, their stories ends in finding Christ, and no rejoicing could match that.
We will now come to the first letter, which we tackled here lastly.
Wise men bow down to Christ and worship Him, not to themselves, not to anybody else, not even to the things that they have done. Notice that when these wise men saw the child, with Mary and Joseph, they only worshipped HIM (Mt.2:11). This points to us that not all those surrounding the Lord was included as their object of worship. It tells us that a wise man only worship Who is worthy of it. (Mt.4: ; Php.2: 10-11 )
They do not claim that they are beyond, or above others. They only claim that they are under Christ.
As John says “He must increase, I must decrease” (Jn.3:30). And the very evidence of your decrease and His only increase is to worship Christ and none else, and make sure it is not “another Jesus“.
They presented unto Him gifts (Mt.2:11). Wise men dedicate their success only to Christ, and bring back the glory to Him. They do not have in mind if Joseph and Mary will be jealous of their giving, and for not reserving something for them. They have no special mention, but only Christ.
Wise men worship, investigates, make sacrifices and truly enjoys the fulfillment that has been achieved. And their very goal is to find the One being represented by a star. Whatever things or creation that represents the goals that we have, it must lead us to Christ.
Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
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