by Jerry Vines

The Wisemen
Jerry Vines
Matthew 2:1-12

I want you to turn to Matthew 2 and let me read the verses about the wisemen for you and just hit the highlights of this message. I'm trying to give you the essence of the Christmas story. On Sunday mornings we are looking at the story through the eyes of the Old Testament book of Ruth. We are looking at some of the characters around the Christmas story and trying to learn the message and the meaning of Christmas through these different personalities.

This is very familiar to us in Matthew 2. The shepherds came when Jesus was born, and it reminds us that just plain, ordinary people can come to the Lord Jesus Christ. The wisemen also came to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, which reminds us that the scholars of the world can come and find their intellectual needs met in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We look at the story of Christmas through the lens of the wisemen this evening. In Proverbs 13, verse 20, the Bible says, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise." We learn from the wisemen many of the wonderful lessons of Christmas.

I. The Truth They Sought.
This is a capsule version of it this evening. I want to call your attention to several aspects of these verses that I have read to you. In talking about these wisemen and learning the meaning of Christmas, the first thing we learn is about the truth they sought.

They were wisemen. The word is magi, which mean that they were the intellectuals of their day. Their beliefs in that particular time seem very primitive to us. But they were considered the scholars, the intelligentia of the day.

Kings sought the counsel and the direction of these men. They were magi and they were coming from the east.

As you notice the account, you will find first of all that they were motivated by a star. When they came to the city of Jerusalem they say in verse 2, "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are com ...

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