The word wonderful means that which is excellent; great; marvelous; of a sort that arouses wonder; amazing; astonishing. It is God’s design and desire that we would live our lives for the glory of God and the good of man in such a way that people are arrested and amazed by the influence and impact of our lives—lives that become signs that we have searched out the person, power and purposes of God, and have made room for them to be on clear and compelling display. The journey of the magi, the wisemen of old, teach us some great lessons on paying attention to wonderful signs, giving ourselves diligently to a wonderful search that leads us to a wonderful savior. A Wonderful Sign During the Babylonian captivity, the prophet Daniel was declared to the chief of the magi because he had distinguished himself as one who knew the true God, how to hear His voice and interpret dreams, visions and signs of His dealings with men on earth. He would have undoubtedly discipled the wisemen of both Babylon and Persia in the prophetic words and purposes of God to bring forth His Messiah—a King and Savior whose coming would be signified by a sign in the heavens. He undoubtedly would have spoken to them of Balaam’s prophecy when Balaam said, “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near, a Star shall come out of Jacob; a Scepter shall rise out of Israel, and batter the brow of Moab, and destroy the sons of tumult (Numbers 24:17).” When these magi, or wisemen from the east, saw this miraculous sign in the heavens, they recognized it as the sign that shouted and showed forth, “this way to the Messiah, King and Savior—sent from God to save all mankind.” As we, as followers of Jesus, start in the Scriptures and are led by the Spirit, we will see many wonderful signs that point the way to something and someone beyond the sign itself—namely the prophetic purposes and powerful person of Jesus Himself. A Wonderful Search The journey of the wisemen was a long and complicated one. They would have traveled in a large caravan with many people and many moving parts. While we don’t know the exact distance and time it took, we know enough to know they searched with diligence and determination to find the exact location where the Christ was to be found. At some point, they lost sight of the star and figured that Jerusalem might be the place to find the King of the Jews. Not finding Him there, they again consulted the Scriptures to find out the location of the Savior’s birth that the prophets foretold. They were told, according to Micah 5:2, that Bethlehem was to be the place of Messiah’s birth. They again saw the heavenly sign appear that had guided their holy search, not only over Bethlehem, but directly over the very house where the young Christ child and his parents were residing. The wonderful sign that guided their wonderful search brought them face to face with the wonderful Savior to whom they presented gifts of gold (representing royalty), frankincense (representing worship), and myrrh (representing death and burial). Just as it was with them so it is with us—searching out the wonderful works of God through the wonderful signs granted to us by the word and the spirit. As we pursue a Spirit-led search it will always lead us to the wonders of God’s grace and greatness. A Wonderful Savior Their wonderful sign and wonderful search led them to the wonderful Savior—the One worthy of awe-struck wonder and awe-struck worship. Their sign and search led them to the King and Savior of the world. Their prophetic procession and process led them to the very person and purpose of God for their lives and the lives of everyone, everywhere. So it is with us—the signs we follows and the search we engage in must always lead us to the Author of the wonderful life we are called to live. The wonderful life—the life that is filled with signs that make people wonder—must be wrapped up in a world of worshipping and walking with God’s miracle-working Messiah, Jesus our Savior and King. Let’s pray that this coming year will be the most wonderful, amazing and awe-inspiring year we have ever known.
Remember: A wonderful life can be our precious possession as we pay attention to
the spiritual signs and pursue the spiritual search that leads us to the wonder and
wonder-working spiritual power of our Savior and King.