Daily Devotional for December 27th
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:1-2
Wise men came from the East in search of the King of the Jews. To them, Jesus was more than just an earthly king, He was the Promised One of ancient Jewish prophecies. He was the single One in all of humanity that would be the ultimate sacrifice and change not only the world, but all eternity. These men would not be satisfied until their eyes beheld the Christ child. It is no different with us today.
Why do we spend so much effort and time seeking things of the world? Are we caught up in the notion that worldly things satisfy more than the One who created us and breathed life into us? Do material things bring us more joy than the giver of joy? Very seldom today will you find men and women who are seekers of God; those who earnestly desire to know Him in a deeper way.
What made these men wise wasn’t the fact that they could understand prophecy or recognize the one star in the sky that heralded the coming of the Messiah, but the fact that they chose to seek Jesus above all else. Once they found Jesus lying in a manger in a stable, they were overwhelmed with gratitude. They could have allowed the humble stable to deter their findings of Jesus, but no doubt in their heart they knew He was the One.
In our hearts we know as well. If you allow your heart to chase after the foolish things of the world, you’ll find yourself empty and alone. However, if beholding Jesus is your resolve, then you will find yourself among the wisest of men and women who know that the Messiah, Jesus, is the greatest treasure of all. He’s the fairest of ten thousand! May He forever be the One my heart cries to, the One my soul longs for, and the One I continually seek after.