Focal passage: Matthew 2:1-12
Have you ever looked for something so long that you experienced unparalleled joy when you finally found what you were looking for?
Several years ago I was prescribed glasses to help with a slight astigmatism I had in each eye. While I appreciated the ability to see more clearly and avoid the nasty headaches I often received while reading, having glasses also gave me one more thing to inevitably misplace.
I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve ended up like Velma from Scooby Doo on the floor looking for my glasses. I’ve now become so dependent on that little plastic piece of eyewear that, when I finally find them hidden in plain sight, I am overjoyed.
When the wise men searched for Jesus, we can only imagine the feelings of joy they experienced the moment they finally found Him. Matthew tells us,
When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy. Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:10-11).
The journey of the wise men must have been arduous. They likely traveled many miles keeping their eye on that bright star lighting the way. I suspect that, on a few occasions, they may have even begun to doubt whether or not they would find anything worthwhile. Their fears were put to rest when, upon arriving at the house, they saw Jesus.
We don’t always find what we’re looking for in life. Sometimes we look for a lost TV remote and never find it. Other times we look for the perfect job to apply for but have to settle for something that will pay the bills.
In Jesus we find a rare opportunity to find exactly what our hearts long for. We see in scripture that God provides salvation to those who seek Him. He did for the wise men and He can for you too.
Consider the message of Jesus this Christmas and may you find in Him your all-in-all.