Morning Reading for January 26

Matthew 2:1-12
Suggested further reading: Hebrews 11:32-38

What spiritual diligence these wise men showed! What troubles it must have cost them to travel from their homes to the house where Jesus was born! How many weary miles they must have journeyed! The fatigues of an eastern traveller are far greater than we in England can at all understand. The time that such a journey would occupy must necessarily have been very great. The dangers to be encountered were neither few nor small. But none of these things moved them. They had set their hearts on seeing him that was born King of the Jews, and they never rested till they saw him. They prove to us the truth of that old saying: `Where there is a will, there is a way.'

It would be well for all professing Christians if they were more ready to follow the wise men's example. Where is our self-denial? What pains do we take about our souls? What diligence do we show about following Christ? What does our religion cost us? These serious questions deserve serious consideration.

Theirs is a striking example of faith. They believed in Christ when they had never seen him. They believed in him when the scribes and Pharisees were unbelieving. They believed in him when they saw a little infant on Mary's knee and worshipped him as a King. This was the crowning point of their faith. They saw no miracles. They heard no teaching to convince them. They beheld no signs of divinity and greatness to overawe them. They saw nothing but a newborn infant, helpless and weak, and needing a mother's care like any one of ourselves. And yet when they saw that infant they believed they saw the divine Saviour of the world (v. 11).

This is the kind of faith God delights to honour. Wherever the Bible is read, the conduct of these wise men is known and told as a memorial to them. Have we not a thousandfold more evidence than the wise men had to make us believe that Jesus is the Christ? Beyond doubt we have. Yet where is our faith?

For meditation: Then Jesus told him, `Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed' (John 20:29). `"... if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent." [Abraham] said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead"' (Luke 16:30-31).

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