I have to be honest; when I first read about the wise men travelling to meet Jesus, I just took it that the journey was only a few days before they arrived!
Also, if you think about the Christmas cards and nativity plays, Jesus was surrounded by the animals, Shepherd’s and Wise Men, along with his parents
Yet, from when the wise men first saw the star that directed them to Jesus, they embarked on around a two-year journey to meet the King
How many of us would have made a two-year journey to go and worship Jesus?
”Herod was furious when he realised that the wise men had outwitted him. He sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, based on the wise men’s report of the star’s first appearance.” Matthew 2:16
There are some valuable lessons that we can learn from the wise men in Matthew 2:2-11
They were obedient
Scripture shows us that they ”saw” and they ”came” – just like the Disciples when Jesus called to each of them, they immediately left what they were doing and followed Jesus (Matthew 4:22)
They asked for guidance
No matter how ”wise” they were, these men still sought advice for direction. It doesn’t matter how far along we are in our journey with God; we always need to seek the wisdom of others, because iron sharpens iron – we need accountability (Proverbs 27:17)
Scripture tells us that they were overjoyed (v10), and they bowed down to the King (v11). I love their humility to recognise Jesus for who He is. We live at a time where we do not seem to like superiority, and yet, these wise men knelt to worship a toddler
Friends, today, I pray that we will always be in reverence of the One who gave it all to save us, and just like the wise men, I pray that we are obedient, that we will always be held accountable, but most importantly, that we will wholeheartedly worship Jesus!