by: Bradley Berglund
Here is a piece of Christmas trivia. ............
According to the Bible, how many
wise men visited Jesus in the stable in
The other traditional assumption made is that there were three wise men. Here the Scriptures are silent. The number is deduced from theology (Shem, Ham, Japheth) or uninspired traditional sources (one actually names them: Gasper, Melchior, and Balthazar). The closest indication in Scripture is that the gifts were three in number. The Bible does not tell us how many came because it is not important to know.
The Bible gives us little information about these wise men. We do not know exactly where they came from. Nor do we know how many miles they traveled, what hardships they endured, or even what revelation prompted them to follow the star. We could speculate, but this would miss the real message. The emphasis of the account is not about the quest of these magi; it is all about how they found the King of kings and Lord of lords.
I received a Christmas card many years ago that said, “Wise men still seek Him.” While this is a true statement, it misses the point. Every now and then, when I invite someone to receive Jesus Christ as his personal Savior from sin, I hear the following: “I am not yet at that point in my spiritual journey where I am ready to receive what the Bible teaches about salvation.” This person believes that he is like the wise men; he is still seeking. He is confident if he never finds the truth, that God will be pleased that he tried.
Some elevate agnosticism to
“seeker” status. While spiritual open-mindedness
appeals to modern American thinking, it is discounted in the Scriptures. The Bible warns about such seekers who are
“ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2Tim
3:7).” The Bible applauds skepticism,
but only when it seeks answers from God’s Holy Word (Acts
When I was about ten years
of age, I found the same Jesus that those wise men found. My quest ended not at the manger, but at the
Let us imagine for one minute that one of today’s “seekers” could be transported back to that visit by the wise men. As all the others enter, bowed and worshiped, our agnostic would scoff. He wants an answer, but God’s answer is too simple and too exclusive. Should not the spiritual contributions of Zoroaster and Plato count for something. He decides it is wise to just keep on searching. After all, “Wise men still seek Him.” While this is true, the thrust of Matthew chapter 2 is WISE MEN STILL FIND HIM. My prayer for you, dear reader, is not that you will be content to seek Jesus this Christmas. I want you to find Him. Those wise men would never have been satisfied with just the quest. They rejoiced when they found the child. “Come and Worship, Worship Christ the Newborn King.”