Do You See What I See? #5

The Magi’s Perspective – Matthew 2:1-12

Some time after the birth of Jesus, a group of magi visited the small child and brought gifts worth of a king. Christmas tradition often show three stately figures bearing three gifts. Some consider the visitors to be kings, wise men or astrologers.

wise-menWe do know that they traveled a long distance and used a single star as their navigational aid (Matthew 2:2). We can deduce that they were scholarly astrologers who were so moved by the stellar sighting, that they change their course of study, packed up an entourage and headed west to follow this spectacular and unusual sighting. Their lives were dramatically changed.

When they arrived in Jerusalem, King Herod called for them because he wanted to enlist them to conduct a search and find mission in Bethlehem to locate Jesus (Matthew 2:7-8).

As they departed Jerusalem, the star re-appeared as their navigational aid. They found the Christ Child, presented their gifts, worshiped Him and departed a different way for they were advised to not report back to King Herod (Matthew 2:9-12).

The magi brought special gifts to offer Jesus in worship:

  • Gold – a rich commodity that often signifies divinity. It was used to cover the Ark of the Covenant – God’s presence (Exodus 25:10-17 ). It signifies Jesus’ deity.
  • Frankincense – an incense (Exodus 30;34-36) used to produce a sweet aroma from burnt offerings presented to God in worship. It signifies Jesus’ willingness to give himself up – a lamb given for redemption.
  • Myrrh – a spice used in the embalming process  (John 19:38-40). It signifies the death of Jesus on the cross.

Following the magi’s visit, Mary, Joseph and Jesus traveled to Egypt as instructed by God (Matthew 2:13). Oral tradition implies that these gifts financed the journey.

Key point(s)

  1. Something dramatic happening in the world parallels something dramatic happening in the heavens. (Revelation 12)
  2. When God reveals Himself to you, you cannot remain where you are. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  3. God supplies all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)

Reflect
This Christmas season, I hope you take time to reflect on the events surrounding the birth of Christ. More importantly, I pray that you use this season to refresh your commitment to Jesus and share the good news of the Gospel message to those around you.

If you do not know Jesus in a personal way, I encourage you to invite Him into your heart. The gift of life from Jesus is yours to have.

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross for your sins and was raised from the grave after He defeated death.
    (John 10:10)
  2. Confess your sins to Him. He will forgive you and cleanse you. (1 John 1:9)
  3. Thank God for the new work He will complete in you as you walk in the newness of life. (Philippians 1:6)
  4. Ask God to lead you to a group of Christians who teach the truth from God’s word. (Acts 2:42)

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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2 responses to “Do You See What I See? #5

  1. Always enjoy reading you posts. I pray that you and Carol have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

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