Where Are the Wise Men?

Where Are the Wise Men?

Featured in the December, 2004 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News

We live in an age of the muddleheaded, a time when an over supply of confused
conformists keep clamoring for others to do their thinking.

Education has been
substituted for wisdom. People are made to believe that a diploma is the
equivalent of common sense. We will probably go down in history as an
anti-wisdom generation.

The Christmas story tells of Wise Men. It would be
impossible to think of the true Christmas without recalling the role of Wise
Men. Can it be that society has developed a sham Christmas because it lacks
those who are wise?

For too many, Santa has taken the place of the Savior. The
store is more satisfying than the sanctuary. The ring of the cash register is heard above the peal of
the church bell. Getting is more important than giving. We end up with full
stomachs but empty hearts. Where are the “wise men” who know the difference?

The original Wise Men demonstrated their wisdom by seeking Christ. One question was
on their lips, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). If they
were primarily interested in getting more money, holding a family reunion, or
planning a big party, we are told nothing about it. All the record reveals is
that the Wise Men were bent on one thing: they were out to find the Lord Jesus
Christ. In Or order to find Him they inconvenienced themselves, laid aside every
other activity, undertook a tremendously long and dangerous journey, and bent
their wills to the sole purpose of locating Christ. The foolish gain attention
for such trivial things as their eating, their partying, their selfishness and
their revelings; but the wise become famous for seeking Jesus.

The Wise Men also
displayed wisdom by their desire to worship Christ. It was no mere curiosity
that drove them to continue searching until they had found Him. They boldly
stated, we are “come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:2). And when they finally came to
Bethlehem and saw the Christ Child, the record states that they “fell down and
worshiped Him” (Matthew 2:11).

Wise men worship. Sadly, only a minority of
Americans regularly attend religious services of any kind. Of these, only a
small minority truly worship. Some attend services to see friends, make social
contacts, or even for business reasons. Others merely come out of habit or
custom. Still others enjoy the music or are awed by beautiful ritual. Some are
even so foolish as to think they do God a favor by attending services in His
house. Prayers are said, but many are not prayed. Hymns are sung, but often only
by the lips, not by the heart. There is very little real repentance, real faith,
real adoration – very little worship. Now, as at the very first Christmas, wise
men and women are the ones who seek and worship Jesus.

True Christianity is
always Christ-centered. It is never church-centered. Multitudes of people betray
the non-Christian character of their religion by not placing Christ at the
center of their worship. Wise men always worship Christ.

The men spoken about in
the early Christmas story also showed that they were wise because they brought
their gifts to Jesus.

Everyone knows that gifts have something to do with
Christmas. Beyond this, there is confusion. Read the Christmas story in Matthew,
the second chapter. They did not give gifts to one another. The Wise Men gave
gifts to Christ. Scripture says, “And when they had opened their treasures they
presented unto Him gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

Giving
gifts to Christ was part of their worship. These gifts were sacrificial. They
were given out of their “treasures.” Gifts made out of loose change or stray
dollar bills are not gifts that flow from from true Christian worship. Many
churches today seem to have continuous financial problems. They are always
attempting to raise money with bake sales, bazaars, or high pressure fund
raising drives, plus piteous pulpit pleas to “meet the budget.” Financial
problems can be a symptom of spiritual anemia. Where Christ is truly worshiped,
people give to Him joyfully, liberally. Token giving is superficial. Wise giving
is sacrificial.

The Wise Men followed the star. The star was God’s means of
leading them to His Son. Our star is the Scriptures. It is a wise person who
studies the Scriptures. The fool thinks that he doesn’t need to bother with the
Bible. He thinks he has all the answers. He feels he can decide what is right to
believe and how he ought to live.

According to him, he has nothing to learn. He
already has his religion. He doesn’t want to be disturbed by the Bible. But wise
men study the Scriptures. One wise man said, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet
and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Wise men still seek Christ. Wise men
still worship Him. Wise men still bring their gifts to the Lord Jesus. Wise men
still follow the star.

How wise are you?