by Jerry Vines

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Christmas Characters: Wisemen (4 of 6)
Series: Christmas Characters
Jerry Vines
Matthew 2:1-12

The characters of Christmas teach us a great deal about the meaning of Christmas. Their response to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ tells us what Christmas can mean personally and individually in our own lives. Shepherds came when Jesus was born. They represent working men. Wise men came when Jesus was born and they represent wise men indeed.

In Proverbs 13:20 the Bible says, ''He that walketh with wise men shall be wise.'' So, we would be wise today if we would follow the example of these wise men. We do not know a great deal about these wise men actually. They are really known as magi in the scriptures. We do not know how many of them there were. We say three wise men because of the three gifts they brought, but we really don't know. We don't know the names of these wise men. There are some traditional names given to them, but we really don't know their names.

We aren't sure just exactly what nation they came from. They came from the east, verse 1 says. That makes us think that probably it was in the area of the Persian Gulf. But we really don't know a whole lot about these men. They seem to have been the scientists and the doctors and the scholars of their day. They glide into the Christmas story, offer their gifts to the newborn Christ and they silent slip away.

I saw a sign a number of years ago around Christmas that said, ''Wise men still seek Him.'' They show us, indeed, the wise course of their life and their wisdom in that they followed the star that led them to Christ. When they came to Jesus, they fell down and worshipped Him and their lives were never again the same. You and I would be wise to follow the example of these magi.

I want us to go through these verses and see if we can get a message for our hearts in 1997 that will make the birth of Jesus Christ mean what it really ought to mean in our lives.

I want to call your attention ...

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