of the disappointment these men must have experienced who through the night had
traveled many miles by camel to discover that the star had come to rest over a
stable. They had followed a star and found a stable. Surely they were expecting
a palace. Or perhaps a stately mansion. Think how they must have felt. Their
vast disappointment as they look down from some nearby Judean hill and came to
the realization that their destination was a stable.
Following stars and finding stables is a common occurrence in human experience. Who among us has not at some time in our life fixed our gaze on some high and lofty star only to find it leads to a stable.
Hundreds of examples could be given. A young man graduates from high school full of great dreams and expectations about the future only to wake up one day and discover himself enmeshed in the very drudgery that he had promised himself he would avoid.
A man comes to retirement age. He thinks of all the good things he's going to be able to do. After a few weeks, however, he begins to discover that retirement is not exactly what he thought it would be. The day starts growing longer. The hours become more oppressive.
All of us at some time in our life follow a star only to discover a stable. The problem is how to turn that stable into a moment of salvation. What is it that enables wise men of every age to turn the stables of life into victory?
1. They look for God in the stable.
2. The offer their best to God.
3. They mark a new direction in their lives.
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Please Note: We understand that the Magi did not come to Jesus' home until 2 years after his birth and that Jesus was not born in a stable but a cave. The sermon is titled using poetic imagery to make a point that the text certainly illustrates.