“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’…
There are wise men and then there are wise men, if you know what I mean. You can find a lot of smart people teaching in colleges and universities, but they may not qualify as wise people. .The Wise Men of today’s text were smart enough to follow God’s directions
Matthew calls them MAGI. Despite the beauty of the popular Christmas song, they most certainly were not Kings. The word MAGI is usually translated as ‘astrologers or Oriental scientists.’ Their profession was a combination of modern-day astronomy and astrology.
‘From the east’ points to origins in Mesopotamia or Persia. The Magi were a powerful and influential priestly caste among the Medes and the Persians. These priest-sages were extremely well-educated for their day and were known to specialize in medicine, religion, astronomy, etc. The Persian Magi were well known for their higher religious and intellectual achievements.
They knew of the story of the coming Savior no doubt from the presence of Jewish people like Daniel in their country centuries before. Their honor in history is that they were intellectually honest enough to look for God’s revealing of himself and then acting upon that knowledge.
Dr. Paul Meier writes: ‘There is nothing the least bit improbable about a group of sages being attracted by some event in the heavens and then trying to investigate it more closely. The ancient historians of Greece & Rome were fond of describing astronomical phenomena and the effects they had on the lives of people.
In that region of clear air and in that time of poor artificial lighting, the nights were long and the heavens were quite impressive.’ The stars told them that a new king was born to the Jews and they mounted an expedition to find him.
The lesson is clear: WISE MEN WENT SEARCHING FOR JESUS THEN AND THEY STILL DO TODAY…”
The Gospel of St. John 3:16-17:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved!
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