There isn't really anything new under the sun when it comes to the Christmas Story. It has been told, retold, turned inside out and upside down!
I've heard a load of sermons in my lifetime about everything from the strips of cloth that Mary wrapped the baby Jesus in, to the donkey that brought her to Bethlehem. (which is actually not in the Biblical version of the Christmas story. LOL)
When I was a kid, my least favorite part of the Christmas story was anything related to the Wise Men. It's highly unlikely that I ever said these words out loud, but I thought them...AGAIN with the Wise Men.
What do we really know about these three guys...
- Yes, they were wise.
- They were not typical men. Why? Because they stopped to ask for directions.
- They brought gifts and smart men do come bearing gifts.
- They were perceptive.
- They would not be circumvented from their purpose or plan. I guess that would make them goal oriented.
Wait...I like goal oriented. I happen to be a focused planner myself. These guys had a purpose and a plan, and nothing was going to thwart them from their goal. I'm suddenly relating to these three guys.
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary,
and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Then they opened their treasures
and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
There is a phase that has been used many times in the story of the Wise Men that goes like this, Wise Men still seek Him. As used as that one sentence has been in the telling of the Christmas Story, it does bear truth...the wise men of the Christmas Story sought Jesus out with purpose. They came to worship Him.
I think the next time I hear about the Wise Men, I won't be saying, "AGAIN with the Wise Men." These three guys got it right. They came to worship HIM!