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Visit Of The Wise Men!
The story of the visit of the Magi is fascinating and mysterious.
Mysterious wise men come from mysterious places following a mysterious star in search of a child destined to be a king.
Mystery is the seed bed of the sciences, the philosophies, and the religions.
By searching out a matter, discoveries are made; discoveries of continents, principles, planets, laws,
and the ways and purposes of God.
"It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the honor of kings is to search out a matter." (Proverbs 25: 2).
"Seek and Ye shall find," said Jesus.
This is a story of adventure.
The lands to the east of Palestine have always been filled with mystery and romance.
We read between the lines of Matthew's story and fill in the details of the wise men's venture,
of their coming from ancient lands and of their visit to a Jerusalem palace.
Someone has said: "When they saw the star they stopped studying and began traveling."
The story is fascinating because we find that prophecy is fulfilled.
"Where is it that the Messiah is to be born?" Asked Herod.
"At Bethlehem in Judea," the prophet, Micah, had answered some 700 years before.
The contrast of this story are so very vivid.
The wise men are in contrast with the humble shepherds of Luke's lovely narrative.
And of course, the contrast between the wicked tyrant at Jerusalem and the Babe at Bethlehem is exceedingly impressive.
The symbolism of this story excites our imagination.
Song and story, music and the graphic arts, for over 2000 years, have caught the symbolism of Matthew's story.
- We have the guiding star.
- We also have the gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
- We have wise men, (tradition makes them kings) bowing before a child born in a stable.
It is also great drama.
This is an inspiring story!
This story should inspire all who go on searches for wisdom.
"When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy!"
- It speaks to those who "follow a star."
- It appeals to people who find poetry in life.
- It inspires those who catch sight of a star and see its significance.
The star carries significance and joy.
This story inspires us to worship.
Those men of old flung aside their idolatries, and bowed before the living baby Jesus.
This has been going on in the world ever since that day.
The old gods go, and the living Christ rules in the hearts of people.
We open our treasuries and give gifts to the Christ.
This is a motivating story!
The vision of the star compelled the wise men to take a journey.
As the wise men were warned in a dream not to go back to Herod.
So, they returned to their homes by a different road.
We are also compelled to walk a different road.
We are facing the beginning of a new year, and we are thinking about the road ahead.
It will not be a road back to Herod.
It will not be the same old road that we are going to travel.
The old road is not there.
The sands of time obliterate the old road.
A new year provides us with a new road with new opportunities.
We put aside the old idolatries.
We commit ourselves to Christ.
We must follow the high road.
Let it be the highway that the prophets related to us.
In other times and in other countries, there is what is called, a "King's Highway."
Isn't that a great name for a highway.
Let us follow the "King's Highway" during the coming new year.
"Though sun is set, though night is dark,
Though road is rough, though goal is far;
I trudge along my way assured,
For I have seen the Christmas star.
Though the men may hate, though tyrants rise
To scorch fair earth unto a wild;
I do not yield, I hold my ground,
For I have found the Christmas child."
Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
Email Dr. White at hleewhite@AOL.com