“Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him’” (Matt. 2:1b-2, NKJV).
Who were these mysterious Wise Men following the star? All the Bible has to tell us about them is that they were “from the East.” Dr. Brian Simmons points out that they very well may have been the descendants of the Persian religious advisors taught by the Prophet Daniel*. What we can gather about them, though, is that spiritual hunger burned in their hearts.
So intense was this hunger that it created a determination within them – a determination so passionate that it drove them on an arduous journey. These wealthy men were willing to leave their luxurious comfort and even their country in pursuit of their spiritual desire. They set their faces to endure extremely unpleasant, prolonged travel to respond to the force that pulled irresistibly on their souls.
The question they presented to Herod immediately upon arrival in Israel is a universal question. For millennia, hearts all over the earth have been asking, along with them, “Where is He?” One of Jesus’ Messianic titles in Old Testament prophecy is the Desire of All Nations (Hag. 2:7). Truly, He is the fulfillment of all of our hearts’ longings… although multitudes are trudging through their existence without understanding what, or rather, Who, will satisfy their deepest yearnings.
Where is He? Where is the One my heart craves? The Song of Solomon also poetically expresses this restless quest: “‘I will rise now,’ I said, ‘and go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love’” (Song 3:2, NKJV).
The Wise Men found Him. They found the Desire of All Nations. So they rejoiced exceedingly, and they fell down on their faces and worshipped Him.
“Those who seek me find me” (Prov. 8:17, NIV). For all searching hearts, Daddy God eagerly provides direction as specific as a traveling star. If you, too, are yearning for the Desire of All Nations, He will show you how to find Him. Are you longing for Him today? As the Wise Men did, will you leave behind the comfort of what you already know – and go after Him with all that is within you?
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13, NKJV).
*The Passion Translation, Matthew: Our Loving King, p. 13