Many legends have grown up around the story of the wise men who visited Jesus. One is that there were three of them. The Bible doesn’t actually give us a number. The idea of three kings came from the mention of three gifts. Somewhere along the line, someone decided that each gift was offered by a different giver.
We are not even sure if they were kings. We do know they were people of influence, most likely philosophers and astronomers. Regardless of exactly who they were, there are four things they did that can inspire how we live our lives.
They Sought Him – These men travelled quite a distance following a star, that’s not much to go on. They ventured out in faith and it was a challenge. It can be a challenge for us to find the child in the manger in the middle of everything Christmas as turned into. The sad truth is that many will miss Jesus this year. But the promise holds true:
For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Matthew 7:8
Everyone who sought Jesus that first Christmas found him. Likewise, anyone who seeks Jesus now will surely find him.
They Humbled Themselves – As people of influence and means, the wise men were probably used to others falling down before them and yet the first thing they did when they found Jesus was fall on their knees before him.
After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground Matthew 2:11
Some say that humility is the greatest virtue. The wise men humbled themselves before Jesus, we would be wise to follow their example.
They Worshiped Him – Humility leads to praise.
they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:11
How can we not worship Jesus? Look what he as done for us. He left the glory of heaven and stooped to become a man. He offered his life as a sacrifice for our sins and gave us a brand new identity. Worship is how we express our ultimate allegiance. Some people worship their jobs, their families, fame or power but blessed are those who choose to worship Jesus.
They Gave – These wise men offered the best they had to Jesus.
Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11
Many scholars believe that each gift had significance:
- Gold because Jesus was King
- Frankincense, because he was God
- Myrrh, an herb used for burial, because he was born to die
They were moved by adoration and love to give generously. That’s what love does. Love gives. Let love give birth to generosity in your heart.
These three kings hold the secret to the ultimate Christmas celebration. If we follow in their footsteps we will experience true joy. Seek him. Humble yourself. Worship him. Give him your best.