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Who Were the Wise Men?

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…
~ Matthew 2:1 — KJV ~

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Imagine how they must have felt… These were not ordinary men. They weren’t peasants, nor were they kings, though that is what some have claimed over the years. However, according to scripture, these were wise men… They were magos from the Orient. They were magicians, teachers, astrologers… These men had studied the stars for many years, so just imagine their consternation, when suddenly, one night, seemingly out of nowhere, a new star appeared to them. What would you do?

Image Credit: "The Three Wise Men" by: James Edwin McConnell
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“The Three Wise Men”
by: James Edwin McConnell

These men seemed to know exactly what to do. Was this something that they had foreknowledge of or was it something the Lord revealed to them as each of the wise men determined to leave his homeland behind, in order to follow this star? Did the men know each other prior to meeting on the road to Bethlehem, as they were led by the star? Or did they meet along the road and develop a friendship, as each one sought the King of kings?

Image Credit: "And Wise Men Came Bearing Gifts" by: Tom duBois
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“And Wise Men Came Bearing Gifts”
by: Tom duBois

How many wise men were there? Many believe there were three wise men, because three gifts were mentioned, but the scriptures don’t say whether there were 2 or 20 wise men.  We only know that they were wise and they were male. What made them wise? Was it the fact that they were all very learned men? I don’t think so. You see, scripture makes it plain that knowledge and wisdom are not the same. One can have much knowledge, and still be a fool, and these men were clearly not fools. So what set them apart from others? Where did their wisdom come from? 

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction…
~ Proverbs 1:7 — KJV ~

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What made these wise men different from other learned men during that time, was the fact that they feared the Lord. What made them different from all the others who also saw the same star but paid no attention, is that when they saw the star, a fire was ignited within them. They were hungry for righteousness. They sought the way, the truth and the life. They followed the star, not seeking its scientific origin, but seeking the King whose birth the star signified…

You see, just as another Chaldean, named Abraham, went up a lonely mountain top, to offer up his one and only son, as an act of worship, so these Chaldeans came, to worship the King of glory… the One and only Son of God… the One whom He had sent to be offered up as a sacrifice for their sins, and for ours as well…

“Who were these wise men?” you might ask… They were worshipers… And watch and learn from them, my beloved readers… You see, they understood this important fact, before Jesus, who was but a toddler when they first saw Him, was even able to speak the words to them…

23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
~ John 4:23-24 — NKJV ~

And so, my beloved readers, I have a very serious question to pose, not only to you, but to me as well… As we celebrated the holidays, how wise were you… Father, how wise was I? Did you seek the King of glory? Did you seek to worship Him, though perhaps it wasn’t easy or convenient? If not, are you willing to seek Him now, forsaking all that you know, in an effort to draw close to Him???

Lord, hear our cries, and give us hearts that hunger and thirst for You, first and foremost. Let us be as wise as the magos in the east, leaving all that we know and hold dear, in order to come and worship You, in Jesus’ name… Amen.

© 2013
Cheryl A. Showers

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Who Is This King Of Glory?
Jesus!

Who is this King of Glory that pursues me with His love
And haunts me with each hearing of His softly spoken words
My conscience, a reminder of forgiveness that I need
Who is this King of Glory who offers it to me

Who is this King of angels, O blessed Prince of Peace
Revealing things of Heaven and all its mysteries
My spirit’s ever longing for His grace in which to stand
Who’s this King of glory, Son of God and Son of Man

His name is Jesus, precious Jesus
The Lord Almighty, the King of my heart
The King of glory

Who is this King of Glory with strength and majesty
And wisdom beyond measure, the gracious King of kings
the Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
Who is this King of Glory, He’s everything to me
The Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
He is the King of glory, He’s everything to me

Words of Jesus – Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4 NKJV).

Wow. Jesus cares about our pain. Oh I know many people think it’s just a cliche to hear someone say, “Jesus loves you.” But He does. He really does, and our pain is His pain. Imagine that. When I am at the end of my rope, when the pain is so bad that I can’t even breathe, when the lump in my throat has reached epic proportions, and it takes every ounce of my strength just to hold myself together, He is here with me, comforting me.

Throw all your anxieties upon Him, because He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7 CJB). Isn’t it wonderful to know that the King of glory, our Creator cares for us. In the midst of my weakness and pain, He cares.

Psalm 56:6 tells He keeps track of our sorrows and collects our tears. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. I say this often, but it’s good and it’s true, and it bears repeating… I can’t even remember every tear I’ve cried, or every sorrow that I’ve borne on my shoulders, but He does! He has recorded every single tear, every single hurt that I have suffered, and He even saved each one of my tears in a bottle, because He cares just that much. I wonder how big my bottle is? I wonder how big your bottle is?

Are you in pain right now? Have you cried out to the only God, the living God, who longs to comfort you? Or have you chosen to deal with it on your own, the best way you know how? The problem is that when we try to work our way through our pain without Him, we often end up hurting ourselves and others more than we or they were already hurting. It’s not that we mean to do this. It’s just a fact that hurting people hurt people.

If you are weary and burdened, if the pain and the grief are too much to bear, why don’t you call on Jesus and cast your cares on Him? After all, He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our iniquities. Surely He bore our sorrows, and by His stripes, we are healed. He wants to bless you with comfort.

Do you hear Him calling? He’s saying, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT). 

Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted (Matthew 5:4 NKJV). My prayer for each person who reads this message is that you will receive His comfort today, in Jesus’ name! God bless you!

© 2012

Cheryl A. Showers