Why did the Wise men travel to visit Jesus?
What scripture did they quote to tell about Jesus being born? (Mich 5:2; Ezek. 34:23)
So these guys knew the Hebrew prophets! How? Remember, the Jews were punished by God and taken captive by the Chaldeans into Babylon. These wise men or magi were from that area.
Did you know other prophesies were made about the coming Messiah? Because those were pretty specific about his birth place and life.
We looked at one this morning in the sermon. Isaiah 9:1-7; - ruler of Israel, also mighty God (El Gibbor)
Isaiah 7:14- ‘maiden’ (almah) – premarried girl, i.e., a virgin - virgin birth
Genesis 49:18 – “I wait for your ‘Yeshua’ O LORD!”
Ps. 22:14-18 – Foretells crucifixion 700 years before it was known to the Jews
Isaiah 53:3-5 – rejected by man, a man of sorrows, who bore our sin (iniquities).
So why were the wise men wise men?
If all religions lead to the same God, why did they take a three month trek through the desert fighting sandstorms, snakes, scorpions, lions and heat to find Jesus?
Couldn’t they be fine worshipping one of the gods of their homeland?
Why is Jesus the only way to be ‘saved’? Acts 4:12; John 3:16-18; John 14:6