“The Magi almost certainly didn’t visit Jesus at his birth nor even during the celebration of his birth. As a result, their love and generosity set an example for us, not of how to treat others at Christmas, but how God calls us to live toward others all year round.”

December 29, 2019

Almost every nativity scene includes three wise men bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But what’s the real story behind these characters? Were they actually there at the scene in the stable? Where were they from? Why did they come? In taking time to consider the place of the Magi in the biblical storyline we can learn a surprising amount about how our own hearts respond to the news of the gospel, and we find a picture of the kind of lives we are called to live in worship of the one true King of the Jews.

Application Questions

  1. What does it look like when you respond to the good news of Jesus with self-preservation, trying to preserve your own plans and retain your own control of your life?
  2. What does it look like when you respond to the good news of Jesus with generosity and love, trying to love others with the same kind of love that God has shown you?
  3. What are some New Year’s resolutions you could make that would make otherslives better, instead of just your own?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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