17th January: Matthew 2:1-6

We think of this chapter as ‘the story of the wise men’. It is not so much about the wise men. It is about Jesus. He is the central character. We are not told how many wise men there were. The word, ‘three’ does not appear (1). We are not told their names. We are not told exactly where they came from – just, they came ‘from the East’ (1). The important thing is that they made their journey. They came, seeking Jesus: ‘Where is he…?’. They came ‘to worship Him’ (2). The wise men were led to Jesus by ‘His star’ (2). We are led to Him by the Scriptures. The question is asked: “Where is the child to be born (5-6). The answer is found in the Scriptures (Micah 5:2). Wise men are still led to Christ through the Scriptures. Reading the Scriptures, we become wise for salvation as we find Christ who is our Wisdom (2 Timothy 3:15; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
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