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Wise Men travel to BethlemOver two millenniums have passed since the Wise Men of old traveled from afar asking an important and profound question. It is a question that has proven timeless throughout the ages as many people have asked the same question – “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2).

Following the star that they had seen in the east, they were eventually led to where the Christ child lay. Upon their arrival, they presented the new-born baby with precious gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh.

Have you ever wondered why scriptures do not tell us how many wise men there were who presented the gifts, or why their names and identities are not revealed to us? Perhaps the reason is because they were not the ones upon whom we should place our focus. The One upon whom our focus should be centered is Christ the Lord – He who was born King. He alone is worthy of all praise and adoration, and like the Wise Men of old, we bow in His presence and worship Him.

As we prepare to gather with family and friends to celebrate this joyous Christmas season, perhaps we should place all our hustle and bustle on pause for a moment, and ponder the question that was asked of old, “Where is He?” Among all the commercialism, parties, brightly colored lights, beautiful decorations, and the gifts that we might receive on Christmas morning, “Where is He?”

Christmas tree with lots of presentsWhat is it that we focus on the most as we celebrate and reflect upon the Christmas season? Is it the merriment that the season brings that fills our hearts with joy and delight for a few brief moments of time, or are our hearts and minds focused on the One whose name is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace? He is the greatest gift ever given to humanity by a loving Heavenly Father. A choice Gift that was wrapped in Divine love and sealed with an Eternal Promise that He who is both the Light and the Life of the world had come to be the Savior of the World.

The Wise Men came to worship the Christ child. Who is it or what is it that we worship? The wise men presented the new-born King with precious gifts from their treasures. What would we give to Him who is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords? Would we give Him those things that matter least to us and seemingly have no real value, or would we open our treasures – our hearts and our minds, and give Him our very best?

The video playlist below is a presentation of Christmas videos which we hope will help those who watch to focus on the real reason we celebrate Christmas. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a blessed Christmas season that is filled with love, peace, and joy.

 

About Keith L. Brown

Keith L. Brown is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having been born and raised Baptist. He was studying to be a Baptist minister at the time of his conversion to the LDS faith. He was baptized on 10 March 1998 in Reykjavik, Iceland while serving on active duty in the United States Navy in Keflavik, Iceland. He currently serves as the First Assistant to the High Priest Group and Ward Missionary for the Annapolis, Maryland Ward. He also serves as a Stake Public Affairs Specialist for the Annapolis, Maryland Stake. He is a 30-year honorably retired Navy veteran.

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