The magi sought the “King of the Jews,” traveling from the east to Jerusalem. They inquired about him in a great city, yet no one knew about him, not even the king. “Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born (Matthew 2:4, NASB).”
Where else would you find a king but in a palace in a great city? But God is not in the grandeur of humanity. He does not dwell in the pride of people in their worldly empires. God is in the ordinary of everyday life. If we seek him, we will see him at work in our life and the lives of others. For God has “hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants (Luke 10:21).” The chief priests and pharisees knew of the prophesy of the birth of the Messiah in Bethlehem, yet they did not believe it. Perhaps it was too ordinary of a place for them. But the magi continued their search after hearing the prophesy:
AND YOU, BETHLEHEM, LAND OF JUDAH, ARE BY NO MEANS LEAST AMONG THE LEADERS OF JUDAH; FOR OUT OF YOU SHALL COME FORTH A RULER WHO WILL SHEPHERD MY PEOPLE ISRAEL (Matthew 2:6).’”
They sought the Messiah in an ordinary town in an ordinary place. “After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).”
You will find the Messiah not in the magnificence or grandeur crafted by human hands, but in a simple house; in a lowly manger; right there in your daily life no matter what position or address you possess in life. Like the magi, you only need to seek Him and humble yourself before Him.
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