"After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was." Matthew 2:9
We find in Matthew 2:9 the “Wise Men.” Who are they and why does it matter? Some historical accounts tell us that there were three wise men while others say they are kings from the orient (the East). The Bible only says in Matthew 2:1, "There came wise men from the East.” Other than a few prophecies in the Old Testament we don’t really know who they are. Which begs the question – why is the Bible so vague about these wise men in the most significant story in the Bible other than the crucifixion? Maybe the vagueness of who they are and where they came from is on purpose. In verse 9, it says “and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.” This tells us something – their insignificance promotes His significance. It isn't about them; it’s about Jesus. I think in our Christmas traditions we have tried to create unnecessary importance on certain characters in the story of Jesus. BUT it says in Romans 14:11, "It is written: 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'" In John 14:6, Jesus says he’s "...the way the truth and the life…" Jesus certainly is the main character of the Christmas story… but Jesus actually IS the main character, period!
As a wrestler, we place great value on winning the next tournament, placing in the regionals, or even winning a state championship. But let’s back up for a second. None of these victories mean anything when Jesus isn’t the main character or the focal point of your wins. Even your losses, when Jesus is at the center of who you are, will be motivators that push you towards Him. Think about this, we need to look for Jesus in our wins and losses. What does this mean? As much as I would like to believe Jesus is in my wins, He’s in my losses too… because He’s actually in me. Regardless of my win/loss, He’s in me and with me always. You see, the victories are only worth anything IF I am worth something. So the question is, am I worth something? The most popular verse in the Bible – John 3:16 – says that God so loved, so valued, held in such high esteem the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life. In other words, God’s love for us is what makes us valuable. See, you aren’t worthless because of a loss and you aren’t valuable because of a win. You are worthy and valuable because of God’s love for you, again making it about Jesus. This is why we can celebrate Christmas!
As we end today’s devotional the wise men knew their value wasn’t in their riches but in the One they were searching for...Jesus. Hmmmm, maybe they were called “Wise Men” because they made it about Jesus. Today, be a “wise” man or a “wise” woman. When you make it about Jesus you’ll find the value you always dreamed of, just like the wise men.