I know it's just the beginning of November but I'm already hearing and seeing Christmas stuff. So maybe it's not too soon to start thinking about the events surrounding the birth of Christ. Here is an aspect of the wise men coming that I never noticed before.
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.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
Imagine there is a story from your area and you've always heard that some great event was going to happen. Then some people from another part of the world come asking about this story. You've never met these people. How would they know anything about this? It makes you pretty excited or troubled thinking this story might actually be true! What would you do? Just tell them what you've heard of the story and be happy that you know the story better than anyone else? Or would you be so stirred up that it may actually be happening that you go with them? Answer honestly. Oh, and it was fulfilled only about 5 miles away from you.
Chances are you might have said no if it was a long, long ways away. But only 5 miles? Yes, I know they didn't have cars but still. Why not just go check it out yourself? I mean, this is THE BIG EVENT you've been hearing about your entire life. That's the situation with the priests and scribes! But instead of going, they just gave all the correct information and let the strange foreigners go. It was only 5 miles away!!
What would it be like to have all the correct information about Christ yet never actually know him or meet him? To be leaders of the religious system of the day yet not have enough personal motivation to walk a few miles to see the fulfillment of everything you believe and hope for? Are we in that same spot?
The wise men didn't have all the information. They had seen a star and were following it. However, the priests and scribes knew exactly where it was going to happen. The ones with less accurate information about Jesus were the ones who actually met him and worshiped him! I'm thankful that sometimes a little motivation and zeal to walk a few miles (actually the wise men traveled a long ways) can do more than knowing everything. The wise men obeyed what little knowledge they had but the priests and scribes didn't obey the great knowledge they had.
So where are we? 5 miles from Christ with all the details worked out or coming from a far away land and obeying what little we know? Be comforted in knowing which one actually met and worshiped the King!