Summary: Evangelistic srmon preached at a Carol Service - PowerPoint slides aere available for this sermon on request - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wise Men
Reading: Matthew chapter 12 verses 1-12.
• Story told of a retired man who bought a top of the range BMW as a present for himself.
• It was of course a convertible and boy did it go!
• As he took it for a spin on a dual carriageway, and his foot hit the floor and whoosh!
• Off it took, and within second he was soon doing over a ton!
• Then when he looked in the mirror, he saw a blue flashing light;
• Something came over him and instead of slowing down and pulling over,
• He decided to press the accelerator even harder;
• And he soon started to leave the police car behind.
• Then he came to his senses and thought; “What are you doing?”
• So he pulled over.
• When the police officer arrived on the scene, the man was red faced and very apologetic.
• The policeman said;
• “Listen, I am about to go off duty, if I write you a ticket,
• I am going to have to go back to the station and complete a load of paperwork.
• If you can give me one good reason why you were going so fast,
• A reason I have never heard before, I will let you off with a ticket”
• The man thought for a moment and said;
• “Well, years ago my wife ran off with a policeman….
• And just for a few minutes I thought you might be bringing her back!”
• The story of the wise men & their gifts is a story that is shrouded in mystery.
• From tradition we seem to know all the facts and details.
• But as we study the Bible we find that there are a lot of questions;
• That we cannot answer about the wise men from the Biblical text.
Ill: For example:
• How many were there? We don’t know.
• Where did they come from? We don’t know.
• What were there names? We don’t know (5th century they were called Caspar, Melchior, & Balthasar)
• How long did their journey take? We don’t know.
• They seem to just show up mysteriously;
• And just as mysteriously they are gone!
• From the Greek word translated in English as “wise men” or “Magi”,
• We get our English word “magician”.
• But these ‘Magi’ are not magicians as we would think of today;
• They were not experts at slight of hand, and they pulled no rabbit out of their hats.
• The word “Magi” in Bible times;
• Referred to those who were experts in philosophy, medicine and natural science.
• In Bible days you didn’t ‘Google’ for an answer;
• You looked to the Magi (specially trained wise men) to come up with an answer.
• These Magi (Wise Men) were literally walking encyclopaedias.
• Their one job in life was to learn, learn, learn;
• Then when called upon by their king or queen.
• They were required to give an appropriate answer or solution to the problem.
• Biblical example of wise men or ‘Magi’ was Daniel (of the Lion’s den fame);
• He was captured and taken to Babylon with his three friends;
• Shadrach; Meshach and Abednego (ill: my shack, your shack and a bungalow)
• And we are told they were chosen because they were…..
“Selected only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,”
“Those that were well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace.