Day 18

December 18, 2020 by Dr. Jack Graham

And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, [the wise men] departed to their own country by another way.

–MATTHEW 2:12 

We don’t know what happened to these wise men. They leave the biblical story as quickly as they enter it. We can suppose they came to saving faith and lived out the rest of their days as followers of Jesus. That’s my belief, but the story just doesn’t tell us. 

But here’s the truth: What the wise men saw in the stars prompted them to make an extremely difficult journey to seek out the Lord Jesus. I believe that’s where their truth journey led them and their lives were never the same again. I think the light was turned on in their lives and they became new creations. 

We don’t need to cross deserts or mountains to find Jesus. But we have to open our hearts and minds to Him. And when you encounter the truth of Christ, you will be transformed. Your life will take on a new direction. These magi went home another way—I think that means both geographically and spiritually. New life in Christ takes on a whole new direction, a way of spiritual transformation. 

It wasn’t an accident these men came to meet young Jesus and it’s not an accident you’re reading these words today. I want to tell you that wherever you are, you can become a different person right now. The truth of Christ is a truth that sets you free. And if you’ll trust in Him today, your life will take a brand new path!

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