Message by Steve White 12-27-20.
The Magi’s View
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 when it rose and have come to worship him. » When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. « In Bethlehem in Judea, » they replied, « for this is what the prophet has written: « ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.' »
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, « Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him. » After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Having searched for God, they discover Jesus.
Dr. John MacArthur
« Because of their combined knowledge of science, agriculture, mathematics, history, and the occult, they became the most prominent and powerful group of advisors in the Medo-Persian and subsequently the Babylonian empire. Historians tell us that no Persian was ever able to become king without mastering the scientific and religious disciplines of the magi and then being approved and crowned by them. »
« Where is the one who has been born Messiah of the Jews? »
« Where is the Messiah? »
« Where are you? »
« Where is God? »
1 TIMOTHY 2:5
« For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus… »
Having discovered Jesus, they offer their treasure.
« Gold is the gift fit for a King. Frankincense was in constant use by the priests in the temple. Myrrh was used to embalm the dead. In those three gifts we see who He is, what He came to do, and what it would cost Him. »
GOLD– Give Him your first and best.
INCENSE– Give Him your joyous worship.
MYRRH– Give Him your life and loyalty.
Having offered their treasure, they go home a different way.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
« Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! »
Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
« Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ and you will receive the forgiveness of sins. »
« …and those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars for ever and ever. »