In Him (Christ) was life, and the life was the light of men…the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. [He] was the true Li ght which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:4,5,9
Suppose that the “Wise Men” of old had been scientists of our day and time. How might their visit to the Lord Jesus Christ have played out? Here is my “take” on an updated version of those famous seekers of truth.
As they approached the simple house, the current dwelling of the reported divine child-king, “The Light” appeared again. It had first appeared more than a year earlier when Jack, one of the four astronomers and astrophysicists, had observed it in the eastern sky. Within a couple of weeks, the media had gotten hold of the story. When it had become clear that the light was pure energy; that there was no matter associated with it, speculation had run wild. “The Light,” as it had been named, was not produced by nuclear fusion as is the light from our sun and other stars. It was not an object falling through our atmosphere causing it to glow as it disintigrated. Nor was it reflected light as in the case of our moon. What was it?
The internet was full of speculation about its cause and possible significance. Some thought it was an apocalyptic sign. Others thought it was a harbinger of doom. Joe and Frank had done some research suggesting that such a phenomena could be a precursor to the birth of a highly significant person: royalty or even deity. (Numbers 24:17)
Other researchers in their tightly-knit group hoped for a more scientific explanation. However, they had not come up with one. The media and public opinion were demanding answers, so to placate public fears, the group had decided to send a delegation to the Holy Land to investigate.
The rationale for their visit would be to honor the “king” should they find him. Jack was especially skeptical, but since no one had a better suggestiion, he had gone along with the idea.
Once they had arrived in the Holy Land, they had questioned many locals in the hope of locating this “king”. They were able to learn that a Child had indeed been born, that Angels had heralded His birth, and that these Angels had called him a “Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Media reports indicated that His dedication at the temple had revealed additional information about this mysterious Child. A respected priest and prophet, Simeon, had called Him a “Light” to bring revelation to the Gentiles and the glory of God’s People, Israel” and a devote intercessor named Anna had recognized the Child as the One who would bring redemption to Jerusalem.
Now, as they approached His dwelling, and again saw “The Light,” each man felt a quickening of his own spirit–a sense of awe, of wonder, of amazement, but also of peace and joy. Even Jack removed his beanie in reverence for the Babe who would one day be King.
Truly this was a different type of ruler than any they had ever known. Presidents, kings, queens, prime ministers, dictators: they were familiar with them all. Without exception they were surrounded with finery, elegance, and wealth. They found this Child in the simplest of living conditions. Were it not for the dazzling light that seemed to emerge from the Child Himself, this little family looked like millions of others living on the planet. Yet their spirits knew that this Child was not just “a king” but “The King,” the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. God had given up His Glory in the Heavens to make his Abode among men.
They had found the source of The Light: God Himself–“The shekhinah glory.*” And they had found much more: They had found The Savior.
And so the four seekers knelt before the God-Child, and there they gave their lives, their very beings out of love and gratitude for what He had given for them.
*visible manifestation of God’s presence