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Many of the key “characters” in the Christmas Story had an important promise of God affirmed to them, which enabled them to “ take heart .”. Simeon: “God always keeps His Promises.”. Zack & Liz: “God sees and cares about your pain.”. Mary: “God will honor your faithfulness.”. Joseph:

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Many of the key “characters” in the Christmas Story had an important promise of God affirmed to them, which enabled them to

“take heart.”



“God always keeps

His Promises.”

Zack & Liz:

“God sees and cares about your pain.”



“God will honor your faithfulness.”


“God will guide

your life.”


Our last “characters” from the Christmas Story that could take heart from the lessons they learned traveled very far and sacrificed much:

The Wise Men (Magi)


Matthew 2: 1-12

“The Visit of the Magi”


For the Magi to take this trip to Israel, it would likely have cost them:

  • Money, Resources, Time, & Reputation
  • There’s no way that they commit to
  • this journey without faith that this “God of the Jews” can be found by them, too.

Hebrews 11:6

“Without faith

it is impossibleto please God,

because anyone who comes to Him

must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”


In their diligent study of the O.T., the Magi learned about God’s “Heart”:

  • God is the Creator of all mankind.
  • God desires all men to know His Glory.
  • God graciously give mercy to sinners.
  • “Messiah” = God’s Salvation for all

Isaiah 56:3


no foreigner

who is bound

to the Lord say,

“The Lordwill surely exclude me

from His people.”


Although there was still much the Magi didn’t know about God and His Ways; they obeyed Him

in the matters

they did understand.

We need to do

the same thing.



4: 25-29

God promises

to be found

by those who have wandered away from Him, but repent & seek Him.


Deuteronomy 4:29

“But if

from there

you seek

the Lord your God,

you will find Him

if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”


Jeremiah 29: 11-12

11“For I know

the plans I have for you,”

declares the Lord, “plans

to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give

you hope and a future. 

12Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.”


Isaiah 55: 6-7

6 “Seek the Lordwhile He may be found;call on Him while He is near.7 Let the wicked forsake their ways    and the evil ones their thoughts.Let them turn to the Lord,

and He will have mercy on them,    and to our God,

for He will freely pardon.”


Amos 5: 4-6

4 This is what the Lord says to Israel:

“Seek Me and live;

5 do not seek Bethel,

do not go to Gilgal,    do not journey to Beersheba.For Gilgal will surely go into exile,    and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.6 Seek the Lord and live…”


Although they didn’t share in the rebellious history

of the Israelites,

The Magi were

not just far away physically from Israel, they also were spiritually separated by their sins, too.


Down throughout history,

the people of God has been made up of “insiders” and “outsiders”

(people with godly ancestry… or not).

However… the process of God saving

a person is the SAME for everyone:

Seeking God through Repentance of Sins


The Magi’s Promise:

“God is found by all

who sincerely seek Him.”


We have much we can learn from how the Magi sought the Lord:

  • Humbly worshiping God… no strings!
  • Learning God’s Ways from Scripture
  • Flexible in obeying the Holy Spirit
  • Willing to follow God, rather than men