Wise Men Still Seek Him

by Stan Mitchell
“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” (Matthew 2:2).
How do you find somebody in the Roman Empire during the first century? There are no phone books, no ancient Babylonian Google, and no automated voice on the information number.
Instead, the “Wise Men” of the Jesus’ birth story had to search for him.
The most important things in life do not simply fall into our laps, you see; sometimes we must put out the effort to search for them!
They had spent their lives peering into the crystal clear skies of Babylonia, searching for clues. From the sweet date palm trees of the Tigris Euphrates Valley, across the stony desert, they had traveled till they found themselves in the strange city of Jerusalem, inquiring of Jewish citizens where the newly born king of the Jews would be.
Apparently the people of Jerusalem weren’t searching for him, which was probably a major factor in their not finding him. These days, too, we search for practically everything else but the King – happiness, wealth, fulfillment. We hunger for these things, searching empty cupboards high and low for answers to life. We feel the burden of not having found these answers, we feel no release from our burdens, and it never occurs to us that we are searching for the wrong things.
Wise men, you see, still seek him.

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