Christmas Gifts: A Trip

We don’t really know a whole lot about the wise men that we read about in scripture. Pretty much everything we know about them comes from Matthew 2:1, where it says, There was a song that was written in 1857, kind of a popular one, titled, “We Three Kings of Orient Are,” meant to tell the story of these wise men. And you know what’s wrong with that song? As far as we can tell, pretty much everything. The bible doesn’t tell us how many there were. It could be three, it could be 37. They weren’t, you know, they weren’t kings. Magi are astrologers, people who looked at the stars which explains how they would have noticed the star that they followed. And they weren’t from the Orient. They were more likely from Babylon, which means they would have traveled almost a thousand miles to get to Jerusalem, where they started looking for the baby. And do you think that there was anyone back home that was telling them not to go? Wondering if an investment of all that time, traveling all those miles with those heavy gifts or all that unfamiliar terrain? Just wondering if it was going to be worth it? And yet they did. And why? A couple of years ago, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. And the news hit my wife pretty hard obviously. And I remember still receiving the phone call from my wife, telling me that she had gotten the news. I was driving on the road, and and she was wondering about making a trip a state away just to go see her mom that day. And I asked, well, what would she say when she went to, when she finally got there? And she said, “I don’t know. I don’t know that I would say anything. I might just show up on the doorstep and give her a hug. And then leave again. Just tell her that I love her.” And she went. And it turned out to be a pretty meaningful trip because her mom found something really significant. Somebody who traveled all that way just to say something really important. And that’s why these magi made this incredible trip. Not so much because they wanted to say something significant but because they found a little child who did. They found a little child who invested a lot of time in eternity, dreaming up their existence. And a child who would one day invest a lot of time hanging on a cross to forgive any kind of sin that would keep them from him. And a child who had already planned on spending all of eternity in perfection with them right next to him. They found a God who had made an incredible trip all the way from heaven simply because he wanted to tell every single soul that they were worth it. That you are worth it, to him. Thank you for letting me spend some meaningful time with you this week around the word of God. Would you like these videos sent directly to your email? Click on the link and you’ll be able to sign up for that. God bless.

2 thoughts on “Christmas Gifts: A Trip”

  1. Thank you Pastor Jeremy for your dedication and for delivering the message in such a heartfelt and sincere way.  Merry Christmas to you and the team!

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