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Wise Men From the West

We’ve all heard about the Wise Men who came to Bethlehem from the East in search of Christ at His birth. But did you know that Wise Men came from the West, right before His death (at the close of His ministry)?

“Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus” (John 12:20-21, NLT).

“These men came from the West to find the Saviour at the close of His life, as the wise men had come from the East at the beginning. At the time of Christ’s birth the Jewish people were so engrossed with their own ambitious plans that they knew not of His advent. The magi from a heathen land came to the manger with their gifts, to worship the Saviour. So these Greeks, representing the nations, tribes, and peoples of the world, came to see Jesus. So the people of all lands and all ages would be drawn by the Saviour’s cross. So shall many “come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 8:11. (Desire of Ages, p. 622)

And today, those who are wise continue to come from the East, West, North and South, to find the One who alone can help them discover meaning and purpose.

Rich DuBose writes from Northern California.

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About Rich DuBose

Rich DuBose

is director of Church Support Services for the Pacific Union Conference.

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