~* AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD *~
William C. Dix, 1837-1898

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2:1 & 2

It is generally believed that the wise men, the first Gentiles to whom Christ's coming was revealed, arrived approximately two years after His birth. The earnestness of their search, their worship and gifts, and their desire to return home to share their spiritual experience with others have much to teach us. Their example reminds us as believers to search the Scriptures, pray, and share the gospel in our "Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth"!

May we take this as a beautiful and timely reminder that our LORD wants not only our worship but also our willingness to share His message with others at home and abroad. The gospel of good news must be heard beyond the walls of our church buildings. May we be challenged to share God's love both by word and deed with those He brings into our lives each day.

[JMS - I made corrections to the song in stanzas 2 and 3, in keeping with scriptural account of the star and the wise men.]



As with gladness, men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward, beaming bright
So, most glorious Lord, may we
Evermore be led to Thee.

As with joyful steps they went,
By the guiding star were sent,
There to bend the knee before
Him Whom Heaven and Earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek Thy mercy seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At the house to Child most fair;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure and free from sinís alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds Thy glory hide.

In the heavenly country bright,
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There forever may we sing
Alleluias to our King!



*For Today*: Ezekiel 3:18; Matthew 2:1-12; John 4:35; Ephesians 1:3-8; James 5:19 & 20

Reflect once again on the importance of the wise men--their difficult journey to Bethlehem, their worship and gifts, and the return to their homelands to share what they had learned.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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