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  • 2008 Dec 22

"Wise Guys"
Matthew 1:18-25

The wise guys are always around the nativity scene, aren’t they? Usually its three regal kings on camels. The colorized nativities and Christmas pageants always have them decked out in really shiny robes and cool hats. I always wondered how they got their camels into that tiny stable.  

And what made them so wise? Who decides that?

Well, it turns out that the term, “wise men” is a translation of a Greek word, “magi.” Apparently, there was a group of men in the Eastern part of the world—think Asia—who were the smartest guys around. The word magi is from the same word we get magic. Most of these guys studied the arts and looked to the stars for inspiration and to find God.

But the fellows that took the long trip to Bethlehem were a little different. They did look to the starts for inspiration, but only because they had studied the Hebrew Scriptures which prophesied a Messiah, a Savior, a Redeemer who would come and save the world from their sins. The prophecies also talked of a star that would lead them.

So they went searching for the Messiah and found him in Bethlehem. It took a lot of faith but they wanted to know the truth about God and His plan for their lives.

Their journey ended at Jesus. I hope that’s where your journey ends. Maybe this Christmas you’re searching for satisfaction. Searching for truth. Searching for meaning in life.

If you’re on an honest quest for the truth—God promises that He will help guide you. He’ll fling open the doors and make wide the paths to allow you to discover Him.

Ultimately, your journey will end at Jesus. Now, it will take faith to pursue the truth. Most the world thinks that the Bible is a myth and that Christians are kind of nuts. Plus there is an enemy, Satan, who wants to blind you to what is really real. Don’t be deterred.

My hope is that you become a wise guy this Christmas and find your satisfaction in that little baby in the manger. Jesus the Christ. 

Daniel Darling is an author and pastor with a passion for young people. He is the author of Teen People of the Bible, a 100-day devotional for teens. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, or at

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