The Nativity Scene Up Close
December 20, 2015
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This is a series of several blogs on the characters
that are part of the traditional Nativity scene
The Wise Men
There’s something about us that wants to be in awe, we want to be wowed, to be astonished, blown away, amazed. We pay good money to have it happen. We buy tickets for off-the charts concerts, movies with cutting-edge special effects, and monster truck shows.
There’s a group of guys who were amazed. They’re part of the Christmas story. They’re the Magi, the Wise Men. They observed a cosmic event in their homeland, probably Persia, and traveled a thousand or more miles to see what the sky had announced – the birth of a very special child. The historical record says they worshiped Him and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Though the wise men were in awe of the Christ child and gave Him gifts they couldn’t have known all that we know about Jesus. The unfolding of the rest of Jesus’ earthly life and the rest of the New Testament tells us so much more about Jesus. We should be inspired to greater awe and generosity.
We can be in awe of a lot of things and give gifts to each other, but the Magi were wise men and I’m going to take a clue from them. The subject of their awe and gift-giving deserves my full attention, and more! They understood what Christmas was all about, who Christmas was all about – and it wasn’t even called Christmas back then!
“And they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11)