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They Were Really Wise!

Matthew 2:4-12

The Wise Men were truly wise.
The Wise Men have fascinated us for centuries.

Tradition tells us that they were three in number, and that their names were Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar.
Tradition also tells us they were baptized by Thomas some years later.

We are also told they were buried first in Constantinople.
And after some years their bodies were moved to the Cologne Cathedral in Germany.
Their tombs can still be viewed in that cathedral.
None of this is in our Bible. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

We read of them: "On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, His mother, and they knelt down
and paid Him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh
." The story of Christmas also includes Calvary. Jesus was born to die.

The Wise Men were wise enough to see Jesus as Savior.
So, like the Wise Men bring your myrrh.
Come to Jesus with your myrrh.
Receive Jesus your Savior.

Look to Jesus and say:
"Lord, you took my sin upon You and died in my place, and now I ask for forgiveness of my sin,
and invite you to come into my heart and give me Your great salvation
."
Jesus was born to die, but He was also born to save.

On Manger Square in Bethlehem stands the oldest Christian church in the world.
It is the Church of the Nativity.
There is a crypt beneath that church, and that crypt is believed to be the spot where Jesus was born.

All of the other Christian churches in that part of the world were destroyed by Muslim warriors in the years
before the dawn of the second century.
The Church of the Nativity is the only church which was spared.

It has been said that the church was spared when those warriors from the east entered the Church of the Nativity,
and saw a painting on the wall.
The painting is a picture of the Wise Men from the east, and they were dressed in the clothing
like the Muslim warriors were wearing.
The picture was of people who were native to their own lands, and the Muslim warriors did not destroy that church.

Isn't that interesting?
The Church of the Nativity still stands because it contained a painting of the Wise Men from the east.

There is another interesting thing about that church in Bethlehem.
The doorway to the church is so low so that a person has to bend in order to enter.
You must bow to enter.
You must humble yourself.

When we remember the birth of Jesus, we should bow down before Him.
So, the Wise Men were wise, because "When they saw the Child, they knelt down and paid Him homage."

"O, come, let us adore Him!"
Jesus is the King of kings.
He is the Son of God.
He is the Saviour of the world.

"O, come let us adore Him!
"

Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
Email Dr. White at hleewhite@aol.com