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Believable Christmas words from an unbelieving heart

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Most nativity scenes have the wisemen present at the manger. This is not biblically accurate because they came to the house where Jesus lived and the Greek word used to describe Him is that of a toddler and not of an infant. (Matthew 2: 11)
The wisemen were probably members of the Zoroastrian faith in Iran. Their vocation was akin to that of scientist, clergy, and astronomer. It was their belief that a new star meant a new king was born. This is why they said to King Herod, “Where is he?”
Zoroastrian belief has some similarities to that of Christians, but primarily they have no Savior. Unless the wisemen had a spiritual transformation, it is likely they returned home without Jesus in their hearts.
Instead of following the star all the way to Jesus in the manger, they went to the throne room of King Herod to ask for directions. They agreed to tell Herod the location of Jesus. They broke their promise and went home a different way. Because of Herod’s wrath, little boys were murdered in an attempt to kill the Christ child. The trip of the wisemen was most useful because their precious gifts provided funding for Joseph to take the family to safety in Egypt.
The scene turned back to Herod who spoke believable words from his unbelieving heart. Note Matthew 2: 1 – 12 and see what everyone needs to heed.
1. There is divine authority in God’s Word.
2. Even as a babe, Jesus is to be worshipped.
3. There will be a king in each person’s life whether it be Christ, a car, money, or job.
4. There can be only one king at a time in everyone’s life. Jesus reiterated this by saying, “No one can serve two masters.” (Luke 16: 13)
5. Those who seek can find Jesus. Notice that Herod did not seek Jesus. He expected the discovery of others to meet his desire.
6. There are those who follow a star. The wisemen may have been from an unbelieving sect, but they still underscore the fact to seek stars and be guided by what God has provided to lead.
Herod’s motives were misplaced. He would do anything, including murder, to protect his lifestyle. He held to his sin even though the newborn Savior was nearby. The hymn pleads, “Let Jesus come into your heart.”

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