I know it seems odd to see wise men as Easter approaches. We usually only think of them at Christmas. But how delightful to remember, at all times of the year, this amazing truth: God planned, before the world was created, that the wise men would travel from far away, mile after mile, to see the Lord Jesus and bring Him their gifts of worship. They saw his star. They came to praise the newborn king. And their actions fulfilled what God had declared to His people from the very beginning: the Father’s plan at Jesus’ birth was His one-and-only same plan as His plan at Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Same plan. Forever before and forever after.
In a never-able-to-be-thwarted way, God’s plan for history, for me, for you marches on. Hear how Sinclair Ferguson says it:
“It had all been a part of God’s plan. He wanted people from far away to know about Jesus. He still does.”
Hear how the wise men, after planning and traveling a great distance to find Jesus at his birth, say it: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2)
Hear how Jesus, to the disciples, after his resurrection, says it: “…you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
One and the same: The Lord Jesus’ birth, death, resurrection, and the Lord’s commission to his followers. God in charge: planning that people all over the earth would know about Jesus, bow before Him, and know the wonder of worshiping Him.
“…that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”(Philippians 2:10-11)
Sinclair Ferguson quote from The Plan: How God Got the World Ready for Jesus
The Journey of the Magi by James Tissot, 1894