Advent Guide: Week 4 Midweek Devotion
December 23 - December 31
The Wise Men
Scripture Readings: Matthew 2:3-12
By Matt Pearson, Campus & Teaching Pastor, The Church at West Franklin
“Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him.” Matthew 2:11a
By the time the wise men got to Jesus, He was already a toddler. Can you imagine what was going on in Mary and Joseph’s house when they got a knock on the door from some unexpected visitors?
I picture Mary saying things like. . .
“Don’t put that in your mouth, Jesus! You’re not supposed to eat that!”
“Don’t touch that, Jesus! It’s hot and it will burn you!”
“You need to be changed AGAIN? I thought we had already taken care of that!”
“It’s about time for your nap, Jesus.”
Knock, knock, knock, knock.
“I wonder who that could be? Let’s go see. . .”
What do you think makes a person wise? If you hear someone being described as a “wise person,” what do you think it means?
The Christmas story always includes the wise men. What makes these men so wise? What can we learn about what it means to be wise from the actions of these men? What does this story teach us?
First, the wise men listened for God’s voice, not anyone else’s. The star led them to Jerusalem. They got counsel from the Bible (Micah 5:2) and found Jesus. They listened to the Bible, and the Bible led them to Jesus. Second, when the wise men found Jesus they worshiped Him. They laid their gifts down, presenting what they had to Jesus, and they worshiped Him. They acknowledged that Jesus was the true King and worth more than anything in the universe. In fact, they believed the whole universe pointed them to Jesus (After all, the star led them to Jesus in the first place!).
What does it mean to be wise? It means to listen for God’s voice as He leads us to Jesus in His Word. And when we see Jesus, the wise person does one thing: worship.
O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord.
Build Your Own Nativity: The wise men journeyed from far away to meet Jesus. They brought Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Today as you add the wise men with their gifts, tell your family members what “gifts/talents” God has given them that you love about them. Then show your completed nativity scene to your family!