In part one, we talked about how God announced the birth of His son to lowly and humble shepherds, who in turn came to worship Christ. Now we are going to look at how God announced His son to educated astrologers. These men studied and knew the Hebrew Scriptures. They began seeking out Christ based on what they knew of what they had studied. This should also grab a hold of us. He allowed knowledge to lead these men’s ways to Christ. This account is told in Matthew 2:1-2.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
They were so determined to find the child that they were asking all around the city asking if anyone knew where to find Him. God reveals Himself in many ways. To the shepherds, He sent angels to announce Jesus or what is called special revelation. He directly told the shepherds of Christ and who He was. Here, we find the Wise men seeking Christ through general revelation. This type of revelation is evidence of God through nature or natural occurrences. However, it does not reveal the totality of Gospel. God revealed where and who Christ was to the shepherds and yet only gave evidence and a point in the right direction to Christ to the wise men.
Through their seeking, King Herod learned of a new ruler who had been born and became determined to find Him as well. However, his intent was not to worship Christ, but to kill Him. Herod felt threatened. This led him to disguise his true intentions to the seekers. The wise men were later warned divinely in a dream, after they found Christ, not to return to Herod.
After meeting with Herod, the wise men then followed the star, which they had studied about, until they found Christ. Look at Matthew 2:9-11.
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
When they came to the end of their search, there was a response. What was it? They rejoiced with great joy. Not only did they rejoice, but they gave Christ gifts. Their gifts were appropriate for a king.
God reveals the Gospel to the lowest and highest in different ways. Each person has a path in which God draws them on to seek Christ. In each account, there was a pattern. Each group of men was given some type of knowledge of Jesus Christ. Each group of men had to give a response once they found Christ. This is repeated over and over in the Gospels. Men are given choices to either follow or turn away from Christ. We are given the same choice. As this Christmas season is coming to a close, give a response. You are given the knowledge of Christ, now it is your turn to react.