Simeon: The Fourth Wise ManSpeaker:
Fred O. Pitts
Fred O. Pitts became the Pastor of Ancient City Baptist Church in July 2017. Although life in the 21st century is complex, he believes the purpose of life can be summed up more simply in the answers Jesus gave when asked the greatest of the commandments: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Pastor Fred says, “The primary call in my life is seeking first the kingdom of God through pastoring and teaching. My passion is teaching God’s word in a manner that is both understandable and relevant. Primary emphases in my ministry are compassion and encouragement.”
- Category: Uncategorized
- Series: Characters of Christmas
- Scripture: Luke 2:21-35
- Additional file: a20211226-simeon-the-fourth-wise-man.pdf
Though we don't know exactly how many Magi came to see the child Jesus, tradition tells us there were three. Assuming this to be correct, let's look at a story of another man who saw Jesus soon after his birth—probably sooner than the Magi. His name was Simeon, and today we will call him the “fourth” wise man, and we will say that his wisdom was even greater than that of the Magi. Why do we say that?