Several years ago, my family and I were privileged to attend a special Christmas musical presentation in the outdoor amphitheater at SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS. To this day it is still, without question, the single most impressive Christmas musical presentation I have ever seen.
I remember well, sitting in freezing weather with my family and another of our staff families as we watched the greatest story ever told, portrayed with a fabulous, musical score and fascinating sets, amazing animals and first-class actors. Besides the obvious, one of the more moving portions of the presentation was the entrance of the wise men. To characterize it as spectacular would be an understatement. They were royal in their regalia, stately in their stride, and magnificent in the giving of their gifts to the King.
There were three wise men in the presentation at Six Flags. But in Scripture, no specific number is given. Biblical scholars tell us there were probably more than three. (The number three most likely comes from the fact there were three gifts.) The biblical wise men were not kings, either. Rather, they were Magi, magicians or astrologers with a knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures. They also came to see Jesus, long after He had been born in a manger, in a stable, in Bethlehem. By the time they arrived, Jesus, Mary and Joseph were in a house. (See Matthew 2:11.)
You remember the story. The wise men came to Jerusalem asking for the “King of the Jews.” Herod found out about it and had the wise men brought to him under the guise he wanted to worship this new King. The truth of the matter was Herod was so jealous he was going to have the new King killed. History records, when the wise men failed to return, Herod sent an order that every male child, two years of age and younger, living in Bethlehem and the surrounding area, be killed. By the time Herod’s evil edict was enacted, Joseph and his young family were long gone to Egypt where they stayed until Herod was dead.
Back to the wise men. I don’t want us to miss the point here. These men, regardless of how many there were, left a lasting legacy for all of us. These were men who were prepared to worship the King. (Something we would all do well to emulate this weekend and next week.)
They came prepared to do three things:
- To get a glimpse of the King. They wanted to see Him. Matthew said, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy” (Matthew 2:10). They couldn’t wait to see the King.
- To give their lives to the King. They wanted to submit to Him. Matthew tells us when they saw Him they “fell down and worshiped Him” (Matthew 2:11b).
- To give their gifts to the King. They wanted to serve Him. Matthew says, “When they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11c).
This Christmas season, unfortunately, many modern-day Herods can be seen all around us, still trying to silence the King. We know where all the Herods are. My question is: where are all the wise men? Where are the people who, like the Magi of old, can’t wait to get a glimpse of the King, give their lives to the King and give their gifts to the King?
This Christmas season, the wisest thing we can do is show how much JESUS means to us. The whole world will be watching . . . even the Herods among us. And who knows? Maybe what they see in us will cause them to become wise men themselves (I Peter 2:12).
Hope to see you, your family and your friends, this Saturday night at 6:30 as we kick off CHRISTMAS WEEKEND at Crossroads. Invite everyone you know to come be a part of this incredible worship experience. We’ll have four identical services. Saturday night at 6:30 and Sunday at 8:45, 10:00 and 11:30. So everyone can be a part of this amazing worship event.
Finally, on behalf of our family, thank you for your cards and expressions of love to us again this Christmas. We are the most blessed Pastor’s family in the world, and continue to be both humbled and honored by the Lord’s gift of letting us serve here at Crossroads.
“Merry Christmas” from the Camerons!
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.