There's A New King In Town
Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Mat 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
We don’t know how many wise men there were, how many miles they travelled, how many weeks they endured the desert elements, or how many pains or perils they encountered on their journey. One thing we do know is these wise men were convinced by the star there was a new King in town. Their desire to worship Him created a determination to find Him at all cost. I can just imagine the excitement and anticipation they felt as they approached the city limits of Jerusalem expecting to find important dignitaries, great pomp, and celebrations surrounding this new born King. As they went from door to door with the question, “Where is the King?” They were met with complete silence. No one had a clue where the new King was, not even the innkeeper who furnished the King’s bed.
They surely had heard about the shepherds encounter
with the angels announcing His arrival. Why had they not diligently searched for this King? Did they ignore the sign of the star that would have led them to this new born King??
Mathew Henry said, “Many times those who are nearest to the means are furthest from the end.” Sadly, I’m afraid there are some striking resemblances between what the wise men experienced two thousand years ago in Jerusalem and what the twenty first century church is experiencing today.
The church today readily declares the King has come. But, you have to wonder how many have diligently searched until they have found Him. Just because we have a knowledge of His arrival does not mean we have personally encountered Him. Those who genuinely experience Him are NEVER the same! There is a commitment and loyalty that distinguishes those who encounter Him, from those who only have a knowledge of Him. When the wise men found Him the first thing they did was worship Him. Before they gave Him their gifts, they gave Him themselves. Knowledge will cause you to give your gifts to the King. Personal experience will cause you to give your heart to the King.
Those who truly desire to find Christ and know Him will not regard pains or perils in seeking after Him.