“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. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” (Matthew 2:1-12)
Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with the story of the wise men that traveled from the east to Jerusalem in search of the Christ child. It is a favorite subject of many Christmas sermons, children’s plays, and holiday television specials.
According to the story:
• The wise men followed a star in the sky – a star known as the Star of Bethlehem.
• They first went to Jerusalem to ask where the “King of the Jews” had been born.
• They were secretly brought before King Herod who questioned them thoroughly about their quest.
• King Herod sent the wise men to Bethlehem in search of the child, and he requested they tell him of the child’s whereabouts.
• The wise men found the young Savior, and they presented him with three gifts -- gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
• The wise men were warned in a dream not to return to King Herod.
Yes, we know about these famous wise men that traveled from the east in search of the Savior. However, there is another group of wise men who did not go to Bethlehem in search of the Christ child. In fact, these wise men missed the Savior all together.