Some deduct that it took the wise men 2 years from the time they
first saw the star till they found the child, but we do not know if that was so. We do
know that Herod calculated from what the wise men told him that Jesus could not be older
than 2 years and thats why he killed the children two years and under.
We also know that the wise men, for a while, took their eyes off
the star. In life, and even in a Christians life, things dont always go the
way you think. Dear friend, never take your eyes off the star and follow your own
imaginations and preconcieved ideas. Otherwise, if things dont go according to your
own liking then you turn your back on the Lord and all hell is let loose in your life. God
makes it clear to us that our ways are not His ways and His ways are not our ways (Is
Its difficult for people to humble themselves. It is
difficult to let go of your own way of thinking; to get to the point where one can say,
Lord not my will be done but Your will be done.
These were wise men; when they saw the star, they recognized that
a king had been born; even the Messiah had been born. They left their homes and
occupations, their home and country, to follow this star that was to lead them to the
King. But as they got close to Jerusalem, they no longer followed the star, but their own
ideas. For them it was obvious that the King, the Messiah, must be born in the royal
palace - in the city of Jerusalem. And thats the danger for us too. We get to a
point where we think we know and understand so much that we no longer need Gods
guidance. Be watchful dear Christian that you dont get to that point and then get
off the right road.
When the wise men told their story in Jerusalem, Herod and the
whole of Jerusalem were greatly distressed. Herod and the people of Jerusalem should have
rejoiced, because this Child was God Himself. God left His throne in Heaven to become man.
He came to help us, to help Herod and all the people of that time.
The wise men couldnt believe that the King could be born in
another place than Jerusalem, in the palace. Its true that Jerusalem was the royal
city, but when Herod got the news he called together all the religious leaders, the
scribes and Pharisees, and they told him that the Messiah wont be born in Jerusalem,
but, as the Scripture says, in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). These religious leaders were
intelligent, but they only looked at one side of the issue. They didnt search the
Scriptures to see what God said about the matter and then follow through to worship the
Messiah of God. Its tragic when children of the Lord, dont follow Him with all
their heart, but start to employ their own preconceptions. And so too with the wise men,
God sent them the star to give them the message about the Messiahs birth. They were
probably very relieved when they saw the lights of the city, thinking that theyve
The religious leaders knew that the Messiah would not be born in
Jerusalem but Bethlehem, but they were nothing more than a road sign (which only points
the road but is fixed into the ground and never goes to the place it directs to). Not one
of them went there, but they pointed others there. Its tragic if someone knows the
truth and can tell others the truth about Jesus, but do not live it themselves. Are there
such people in our midst?
Theres a church the Lord Jesus wrote about in Revelation
that had a name of being alive but was dead (Rev 3:1).
The wise men couldnt imagine that He would be born in a
stable with the cows. After they realised their mistake, they rejoiced when they saw the
star again and then followed it faithfully. As they followed the star, it led them to that
lowly stable. Their dreams and imaginations were just rubble and shattered to pieces.
Lets give up our own ideas, thoughts and dreams and return to Gods Word and do
what His word says.
There they found the Christ-child. Have you found the
Christ-child, and bowed down to Him and worshipped Him? Or have you just heard about Him
and tell others about Him, but you havent found Him yourself? Are you still only a
road sign, or have you personally been to worship Him?
When the wise men worshipped the Child they presented Him with
gold and myrrh and frankincense. Gold symbolizes that He is a King. Frankincense signifies
that He is our Priest, and myrrh is a symbol of death and suffering. Herein we see their
wisdom, in that they foresaw that He was our High Priest, who reconciles us to God through
His Blood and that He is our King. They caught hold of this mystery that Christ is the
King of kings and Lord of lords. It was all so prophetic of the way He would live and die.