They were called Magi; highly educated men who were the astronomers of their Persian culture. Most often we refer to them as the wise men. Hi, I’m Tom Ellsworth from Sherwood Oaks Christian Church with a minute message.
Our knowledge of these star gazers is limited; we don’t even know how many there were although traditionally we set three figures around the nativity scene. That number is most likely derived from the three gifts they brought: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What drew them to Bethlehem was a star – one like they had never seen before. They were convinced that the star’s uniqueness signaled the birth of a special king. As they traveled the star went before them to show the way and after a very long journey they found him. And while they did not arrive on the night of his birth they persevered until the star rested over the place where the Christ child was. They had been captivated by God’s star, but they bowed in worship when they saw God’s son.
The bright lights, colorful packages, majestic trees and Christmas stars are all beautifully captivating, but this season finds its deepest meaning in the Christ child. The wise still worship Him!