Day 23 - Wise Men
Read Matthew 2:1-12.
We’re almost done! Tomorrow we will read about the birth of Jesus, but today we read about some of the people who saw Him after He was born. Wise men from far away somehow knew about Jesus, and when God revealed to them that Christ was finally born, they came as quickly as they could and even went to Herod himself asking him where the child was so they could worship him!
When they found Jesus (which, by the way, wasn’t on the same night he was born), they gave him really fancy gifts. You probably received gifts when you were born—some blankets, a rattle, a cute outfit with froggies on the toes—but have you ever heard of a normal baby receiving gold? Of course baby Jesus had no use for gold, but by doing this these men were showing that Jesus really is a worthy king.
A lot of people say that smart people don’t believe in God; if you’re smart, they say, then you would know there is no God. But in Psalms it says “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’” Jeremiah 8:9 says, “The wise men shall be put to shame; they shall be dismayed and taken; behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?” If someone is not showing reverence to Christ, it doesn’t matter how smart or wise he is. He’s missed the whole point of the universe! He might be able to build a rocket ship or she might have earned enough money to buy a rocket ship, but if they don’t believe in Jesus, they have less wisdom than a five-year-old little girl from Tampa who isn’t too good at reading yet but loves Christ. These wise men prove that you can be really smart and important and study really hard and believe in Jesus.
In Matthew 11:25-26, it says “At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” Jesus was so excited that God revealed Himself to little children. Praise Jesus that He is a worthy King and that He has shown Himself to us!
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