Wise men don’t wander, but they do wonder; they wonder in the magnificence of the Babe of Bethlehem.
With all of the conversation, debate, and arguments taking place about the businesses that are endeavoring to be politically correct in refraining from the term “Merry Christmas”, I have to admit that I have basically refrained from that phrase for many years. I find it devoid of communicating the truth that I want conveyed. I prefer saying, “Blessed Christmas”!
Merriment conveys the thought of festivities, parties, fun, and gaiety contrasted from the centrality of Jesus Christ. Since childhood, I recall the necessity of trying to separate in my thinking the spiritual and secular aspects of Christmas that we muddle into one. We would attend an 11:00 pm service on Christmas Eve and celebrate with Santa Claus on Christmas day. It never made sense to me, and it still does not, to celebrate with alcohol and have a day ruined through ignorance. While I find no objection of much of the secular aspects of the Christmas season, keeping one’s focus on Christ should remain pivotal. Feeling good and having abundance will not necessarily end in proper festivities.
As I read again the visit of the wise men that visited Jesus, I was reminded of some of the things that certified their wisdom. They knew their history… Christ would be born in Bethlehem. They knew astronomy… there was a star for them to follow. They knew prophecy and recalled what the prophets had said.
In the process of traveling from the East, they arrived at Jerusalem; when there, Herod tested them. He alleged that he wanted to worship The Babe. Many are those that so profess, but are double-minded. They want the benefits of The Babe, but have no intention of subservience to His Lordship. There are Herods everywhere this Christmas!
After that interruption, and we all have them when we follow His star, they resumed where they left off, following the star to Bethlehem. They arrived at the house where the young child was located. There they presented their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Worship withholds nothing from Jesus. Less than everything means that it has been secularized.
The Wonder of Christmas caused those wise men to distinguish between subservience to Herod or God. They defied Herod’s instructions and returned home another way. There are ways that people will celebrate Christmas in 2019, but there is another way… Keep Christ central.
If we are going to celebrate this Christmas in solid Biblical fashion, we, like those wise men of old, will show we are convinced about Him by a commitment to Him. (2 Timothy 1:12) Nothing will fill the heart with joy more than the knowledge that we are His children through faith in Jesus, the Christ. A fresh consciousness of His presence is the guarantee of John 14:21… ”He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”
May the Wonder of The Babe of Bethlehem surpass all other aspects of your Christmas. Like the Wise men who followed His star until they arrived at The Babe himself, press on in faithfulness, for “those who seek Him shall find Him, when they shall search for Him with all their heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)