by Marvin D. Patterson

Wise Men Still Seek Jesus!
Marvin Patterson
Matthew 2:1-21

In a small southern town in Texas there was a nativity scene that showed great skill and talent had gone into creating it. One small feature stood out. The three wise men were wearing firemen's helmets. Totally unable to come up with a reason or explanation, a visitor decided to ask a local what it meant. At a shop on the edge of town, he asked the lady behind the counter about the helmets. She exploded into a rage: 'People these days never do read the Bible!' The visitor assured her that he did, but simply couldn't recall anything about firemen in the Bible. She jerked her Bible from behind the counter and ruffled through some pages, and finally jabbed her finger at a passage. Sticking it in his face she said, 'See, it says right here, "The three wise man came from afar."'

Do you know what would have happened if it had been three Wise
Women instead of three Wise Men ?

Women would say:

They would have asked directions, arrived on time, helped deliver
the baby, cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought
practical gifts.

Here's Men's rebuttal.....

Yeah, and do you know what they said would have said when they

"Did you see the sandals Mary was wearing with that gown?"

"That baby doesn't look anything like Joseph!"

"Can you believe they let all of those disgusting animals in the

"I heard that Joseph isn't even working right now!"

"And that donkey that they are riding has seen better days too!"

"Want to bet on how long it will take until you get your casserole
dish back?"


This morning, we continue our study of the Christmas Story, and we look at it from the viewpoint of the wise men. They are very mysterious figures that appear suddenly in the Bible, and then slip off the pages of the Bible, never to be mentioned again. They have always intrigued me in the feat that they accomplished. They see the star of the Lord, and ...

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