In the story of Jesus' birth we meet Magi (wise men) from the east, probably Persia. They were adherents of Zoroastrianism along with being well educated astrologers, religious philosophers and in some cases magicians. They saw a star in the sky, attributed it to the long-awaited prophecies of a Jewish Messiah, and traveled to Israel to investigate.
What is it in the story that made the magi "wise?" They recognized the new star many did not see. Though foreigners, they knew enough about the Jewish faith and scriptures to recognize it as the fulfillment of prophecy. They considered this discovery so significant, they took time out of their busy schedules at made an expensive and dangerous trip to Israel to investigate the facts. When they found the Christ child, they were prepared to worship him and the gifts they brought revealed their understanding of his purpose in coming to earth.
The wise still come to investigate the birth of Jesus. This Sunday we'll learn why the Magi traveled to see Jesus, investigate the same evidence they discovered, and we'll come to worship the Messiah, the one and only Son of God. You're invited to join us as we worship Sunday at 9:00 a.m. (traditional worship) or 10:45 a.m. (contemporary worship). This Advent, "Come to the Manger" and discover the meaning and purpose of Christ's birth for your life!