#4: Don’t Count on Faith Traditions
Finally, the Magi were religious men. They were, in fact, religious leaders. We call them “Wise Men” because they possessed the secrets of the mystery religions of the Orient, secrets handed down from the times of Daniel. Men and women throughout the eastern empires came to them, seeking answers to the questions of life.
But despite their piety and religion, these men had hollow hearts and empty souls.
And so they left home on their unexplainable mission, tramping through the desert, traveling for up to two years, trekking over “field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.”
O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
They came to Christ. Their journey ended in Bethlehem where they found at last the real Christmas. Where wealth, heritage, power, and religion failed, there they found the Prince of Peace.
“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)
In Dorothy Sayers’ play, The Man Born to Be King, one of the wise men says, “Fear is our daily companion—fear of want, fear of war, fear of cruel death and still more cruel life. But all this we could bear if we knew that we did not suffer in vain. If we knew that God was beside us in the struggle, sharing the miseries of His own world.”
Do you feel that way? With all your affluence, family, influence, or traditions, are you still weary of heart this Christmas? Are you caught up in the boxes and bows, but somehow missing the Baby?
The Magi of two thousand years ago were willing to leave everything behind if only they might find Him who had been born a King.
Are you willing to leave everything to find and follow Christ? To take Him into your heart and home?
Then I have good tidings of great joy! Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.
Do you already know Christ? Then be a star this Christmas.
Just as the mysterious light of the East guided the Wise Men to Christ, we can guide others to the manger. We can invite them to Christmas services where the gospel is presented. We can bestow gifts of Christian literature and music. We can share Jesus by love, lip, and literature, being “children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16, NIV).
Let this be your mission this Christmas. And let Christ be your Guide.
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