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Approximately 2,000 years ago, a group of wise men traveled from the East to find a young child who had “
been born King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2). Guided by a star, these magi eventually found Jesus and worshipped Him. While there are many misconceptions about this biblical account in popular culture, the truth about their journey can be an object lesson for us today.
Many scholars believe the Prophet Daniel’s influence in the Babylonian and Persian empires led to the magi class’s familiarity with the Jewish scriptures. Whether or not this is the case, the magi were being drawn by the God of the Jews to visit His Son in Israel.
The First Christmas Town
Your family’s understanding of the true meaning of Christmas will increase greatly through this one-of-a-kind production! Recorded live at the Creation Museum’s annual “living nativity” outreach.
God uses various means to point people to the Savior. The message of the gospel does not change (1 Corinthians 15:3–4), but God can change the ways the message is delivered to a heart He has prepared. At Answers in Genesis, we believe that some of the greatest hindrances to people hearing the gospel are the teachings of evolution and millions of years. These ideas strike at the foundation of Scripture—the first eleven chapters of Genesis—and often lead people to doubt the rest of the Bible, including its teachings about who Jesus is and why He came to earth.
This ministry is not primarily a creation/evolution organization. Rather, our greatest desires are to share the gospel message with unbelievers and to equip the church to do the same. The magi had to cross hundreds of miles of rough terrain to get a glimpse of the Savior. Similarly, unbelievers often must navigate a minefield of false ideas before they can see the Son of God. We strive to clear away the mines of evolution and millions of years so that people will understand God’s Word is trustworthy. And like the star guided the magi to Jesus, we want to be a light in this dark world that points people to “
the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world” (John 1:9).
Of course, Jesus didn’t come to earth just to inspire heartwarming stories about Joseph, Mary, and the baby in the manger. Among other things, He came to live a sinless life, reveal to man who God is, die a sacrificial death on the Cross for our sins, and conquer death by rising from the dead.
The question you must ask yourself is this: what have I done with Jesus Christ? Have you turned from your sin and placed your faith in Him? Perhaps you believe God exists but you haven’t committed your life to Him. Or have you scoffed at the Creator in your ongoing rebellion against Him?
In the video clip above, the actor states that after seeing Jesus, “My heart was at its destination and I felt a peace such as I have never known.” True believers can testify to this peace, and we invite you to be reconciled to your Creator. God’s Word calls you to turn from your sin, believe that Jesus is Lord who died on the Cross for your sins and subsequently rose from the dead. Only then will your heart be at its destination.