The Faith of the Wise Men

“The conduct of the wise men is a striking example of faith. They believe in Christ when they had never seen Him–but that was not all. They believed in Him when the Scribes and Pharisees were unbelieving–but that again was not all. They believed in Him when they saw Him a little infant on Mary’s knee, and worshiped Him as king. This was the crowning point of their faith. They saw no miracles to convince them. They heard no teaching to persuade them. They beheld no signs of divinity and greatness to overawe them. They saw nothing but a new-born infant, helpless and weak, and needing a mother’s care like any one of ourselves. And yet when they saw that infant, they believed that they saw the divine Savior of the world. “They fell down and worshiped Him.” [Matthew 2:11]

– J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Matthew) and  Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas


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