The Wise Still Seek (Epiphany Sunday)

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On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gift of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.    Matthew 2:11-12

The magi followed the star to Bethlehem, where they found Jesus and offered him precious gifts. Gold was appropriate for giving to a king. Frankincense and myrrh were rare and incredibly expensive aromatic gums. We need not speculate about symbolic meaning of the gifts to know they were extremely valuable and fit for a king. 

For Matthew, Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Israel. He frequently added the line, “This was spoken by the prophet…” The elaborate genealogy in Chapter 1, which traces Jesus’ ancestry back to David and Abraham, is a way of showing how Jesus fulfilled God’s promises. Matthew’s story of these pagan priests demonstrates that Jesus was also the fulfillment of all human longing for salvation and peace.

Jewish tradition expected a procession of the nations to Jerusalem to worship YHWH, (I AM”) (Exodus 3:14) a prophecy noted in Isaiah 60. Matthew wrote to a Jewish audience. Without actually saying specifically that Jesus was the Messiah, Matthew nevertheless pointed out that in the visit of the magi, the nations were already beginning to come.

As people of today we also need to know that Jesus didn’t just come for the Jewish people He also came for the Gentiles (all people) . For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life. (John 3:16) God didn’t say some of the people He tells us for all the world which includes you my friend. The Messiah was born in a manager more than two thousand years ago so that we will not be separated from our Creator, God because of our sins. 

Today is the last day of Christmas (the twelve day of Christmas) What a beautiful season it has been for all followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. If you don’t know him as of yet, I invite you to invite Jesus into your heart now and forever. The journey at times can be hard for all believers, however, the wise continue to seek. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.      (James 4;8)

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

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