The manger is traditionally surrounded by Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, some animals, and three kings – people seeking after God. Most nativities include three kings at the manger. The Bible does not say how many wise men there were nor does it refer to them as kings. The “three kings” are often referred to as “magi” — a term that means “wise men.” And, these wise men did not actually arrive on the day of Jesus’ birth but instead at a later time when Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were living in a house.
The magi are best known for their pursuit of the King. They were seekers of truth. The biblical account of the wise men points to three important things we should know about truth.
1. God’s Truth is Enduring.
Unlike popular ideas about everything from parenting to dieting, God’s truth does not change from one generation to the next. Instead, God’s truth is eternally up to date.
What ideas have you known to change from one generation to the next?
2. God’s Truth is Universal.
The wise men did not just learn about the truth, they responded to it. Once they saw the star in the East, they followed with all their hearts until it led them to Jesus.
With whom can you share the truth about Jesus this week?
3. God’s Truth is Reliable.
The wise men were led to Jesus by the Scriptures rather than by the star. The Scriptures told them what they needed to know about the One they were seeking.
Make time to read the Christmas story with your family and rejoice in the gift of the Scriptures and that they point us to God’s most precious gift — Jesus!