What would you think if you learned a little boy about 3 years old was visited by three Kings from very far; that these three kings each brought him a gift. One brought him gold, another brought him Frankincense, and the third brought him myrrh. Some people think the three Kings visited him with their gifts when he was born in the manger, but that is not the case. When they did visit him, they fell down at his feet and worshipped him. Would the little boy understand why the Kings bowed down to him? Why the Kings worshipped him? Why might you think this little boy was so special?
We do not know how the boy reacted to this honor. Would you want to know if he was surprised by their being at his home? Why they brought him the gifts? What his mother and father thought? Do you wonder if they might have been surprised? We know His parents named him Jesus when he was born. They knew his name meant that he would save his people from their sins. Why would a child be born to save his people? Why should you believe this is true?
Maybe you have considered this event and asked yourself all the above questions; you might feel you were being misled. It certainly is an unbelievable circumstance and you are not going to let yourself be fooled.
Kings, three of them, from a great distance. to honor a boy? That is laughable. And the Kings had presents for him? How can anyone expect you to believe such a tale?
Not only did the Kings bring him gifts, they bowed down and worshipped him. Why should such important men honor a young boy?
This is definitely difficult to believe. It challenges anyone’s belief. Maybe it would be a good idea to further consider how and why this story is being told. Maybe there could be some truth in it, but it would have to be miraculous.
However, this very event stirs the depth of your soul. Kings are lauded, they receive honor, not dispense it. Why would a little boy be worshipped? He must be someone even more important than a King. You are disturbed by such radical information. You intend to search for an answer.
The boy’s parents are people who stay close to home. They do not say much to anyone.
During the time this little boy is growing, the parents have at least two more boys. They are His brothers. As they grow older, they have difficulty maintaining a good relation with their older brother. They feel he is treated more importantly than they are. Their parents never find any fault with him.
He keeps himself busy with doing carpentry for his dad. He is always working. He never seems to tire. He obeys his parents, but he talks to his Father even when his father is not near. He prays all the time and listens for his father’s voice. Isn’t Joseph his father? Who, really, is his father?
When he was 12 years old, the whole family went on a trip to Jerusalem, as they did every year for the feast of the Passover. When the feast was over the family set out to return to Nazareth, but after a day’s journey, they looked for Jesus, but couldn’t find him. They turned back to Jerusalem, and after three days in Jerusalem, they found him sitting in the temple in the midst of the learned doctors. These learned men were asking Him questions and He was answering them. Everyone was astonished at his understanding and his answers.
How is it that he, being such an obedient son, did not tell his parents that he was going to the synagogue? Was he not concerned about his parents?
When they found him, His mother asked him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you, afraid for your safety.”
Their son, Jesus, asked, “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know I should be doing my Father’s business?” Mary and Joseph looked at each other, startled at His response. The parents kept all these things in their heart, not knowing how to deal with their son, who was very different from their other children.
The family then returned to Nazareth with Jesus, who stayed with his parents and obeyed them until he was about 30 years old.
When you consider everything said about the little boy who now is 30 years old, do you believe what has happened? Do you know who he is? Or, do you wonder if this is true?
This does seem far-fetched, or miraculous, but the story goes even farther beyond the normal circumstances in a person’s life. The life of this young boy continues to get more unbelievable. His life and trials tax your credulity beyond imagination.
Another thing you learn about him is his mother (pregnant with this little boy) visited her cousin Elizabeth who was anticipating the birth of a child in six months. When Mary visited Elizabeth, the baby Elizabeth was carrying leaped for joy in her womb. Why would an unborn baby recognize that Mary was carrying Jesus? What would be the relationship they would have, each of them, after coming into this world?
It is a story challenging belief, but the story grows more unbelievable and requires greater understanding. About the same age as Jesus, Elizabeth’s and Zechariah’s son, John, is found along the Jordan River in Jerusalem, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sin.
John came to the Jordan River dressed in camel’s hair and a leather girdle, eating locusts and wild honey, to preach repentance of sins. Why would he be dressed in such an odd outfit? Why would he be eating such odd food? Do you find this strange?
John, known as the Baptist, was the messenger sent to make Jesus known to the Jews and later, to the gentiles. During his preaching of repentance, he remarked, “There will come one mightier than I after me, the latchet of his shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose. I have indeed baptized you with water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.”
Did Jesus know his cousin, John, would be at the Jordan River? Did he expect John to warn them about their sins, to repent and be baptized? Here again, this is another situation, one hard to believe. Can all this be true?
Jesus came to the Jordan River and asked John to baptize him. Why would Jesus want to be baptized by John? Jesus had been worshipped by three Kings when he was a little boy. This action captures your imagination. Do you wonder, “How can this be?”
Reluctantly, John did what Jesus asked. When Jesus was coming out of the water, John “saw the heavens opened and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him (Jesus). And a voice from heaven said, “Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Who is the Spirit? Was the Dove represented as the Spirit? Does this tax your understanding? John the Baptist bare record saying, “I saw the ‘Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him” (Jesus). God had told John before he baptized Jesus with water “that he who sent me to baptize with water said, ‘Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending and remaining on him (Jesus), the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.”
Immediately the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness. Why now would God send Him into there? Had he not been given praise by God by announcing that His Father was pleased? Did not God say Jesus was his beloved Son? For what reason would Jesus be sent away from everyone, into the wilderness?
He was in the wilderness for 40 days, tempted by Satan. He was with the wild beasts, and Angels ministered to him.
What happened to John the Baptist? Was he still baptizing people? After Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40 days, John no longer was baptizing. He was walking with two of his disciples. While looking upon Jesus as they walked, John said, “Behold the Lamb of God.” The two disciples walking with John heard him; they turned and followed Jesus.
Following the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, John was put into prison. Then Jesus started to preach. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
The drama gets deeper and deeper, and is being told for you to understand how and why Jesus has been sent. You have the option to believe or not believe what has happened. Does this story mean anything to you? Do you doubt what you have heard? It is not easy to believe, but if you open your heart and examine for yourself what the Scriptures say about Jesus, you will have a better chance of understanding. You, yourself, need the leading of the Holy Spirit so that you will be able to understand everything about why the little boy was born and was worshipped by Three Kings who bowed down to him.
What more has happened to Jesus since he became 30 years old?
Let us go to the source of this true story, the Bible. In John 3:16, we read, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God sent His only begotten Son into this world so that we can observe the miracles he was able to perform, the way he dealt with people he met. He lived on earth in the way God wants us to live. God has given us two commandments: the first one is “Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart and soul and with all thy mind.” The second one is like it: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self.” And then it says: “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Can you imagine! If we obey the two commandments found in Matthew, Chapter 22, verses 37-40, we do not need to worry about obeying all laws because these two commandments cover all the laws. “Love is the fulfillment of the law.”
Jesus fulfilled the law for you when He gave His life on the Cross for each of us. He suffered the agony of the Cross, even when His Father who could not look at sin, turned away from His Son. That is when Jesus cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Jesus endured the cross. He remained on it until all our sins were placed upon Him. Jesus could not die. He had to give up His life Himself. To His Father, He said, “Into thy hands, I commend my Spirit.”
Now that Jesus received all the sins we have ever committed, He could now save us from our sins when we ask Him to forgive us our sins. We need to repent and ask forgiveness and ask the Lord to fill our hearts with the Holy Spirit.
There is no greater love than that of Jesus. Jesus is love.
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What about other religions? Can we get to Heaven by joining one of their churches? What about Jehovah’s Witnesses? The Mormons? What about being an Atheist? Why can’t every religion be our salvation?
The answer is: There is no religion that is perfect. There is only God’s Son. He is a person, not a religion. You have two choices. Yourself, or Jesus