Did you know the Wise Men weren’t present the night Jesus was born?
I know many of the nativity scenes depict them bowing with the shepherds alongside the cattle and sheep, but they weren’t there.
As matter of fact, it took the Wise Men 1-2 years before they would bring their gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold to Jesus.
A Patient Perseverance
So, what took them so long?
Let’s take a look:
- Matthew 2:1 tells us that the Wise Men journey to Jerusalem after Jesus was born, so Jesus could have been weeks or months old before they began traveling.
- While we don’t know exactly where they journeyed from, scholars believe they traveled from the Babylon area which would have been around a 500-600 mile journey.
- Considering their limited modes of transportation, we can imagine this journey took months!
- Once they arrived in Jerusalem, they still had to travel an additional 5 more miles to where Jesus was in Bethlehem.
Phew! Talk about perseverance! They knew the length of the journey, yet they were so determined to worship the one who was born King, they wouldn’t be deterred
We see that the lengthy journey was worth it, however. Matthew 2:10-11 describes the reaction of the Wise Men as being overjoyed – so much so that upon seeing Jesus they bowed down, worshipped Him and presented Him with their gifts.
What the Wise Men Teach Us
What perseverance these men had! They pursued the treasure they were seeking until it was found.
Here’s what I don’t want us to miss: There was no frenzy in their pursuit of Jesus, just consistency. No matter the amount of time spent traveling or searching, they maintained their focus. They were committed and devoted to finding the King.
Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
This is exactly what we see demonstrated by the Wise Men, they sought and pursued Jesus in a dedicated way. What a wonderful example these men provide for us!
As we enter into the busyness of the Christmas season, there are many obligations and commitments that pull us in different directions. You may try to do everything, be everywhere and hold all of it together all the while feeling like a frenzied mess.
Commit to entering this Christmas season with the same focus the Wise Men demonstrated: a committed consistency to keep your eyes on Jesus.