Did you notice the three ‘Wise Men’ or ‘Magi’ at Christmas? Even though popular art often includes them in the manger scene with baby Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, they actually didn’t show up till about one to two years later. And, they weren’t kings. And, we don’t know how many came.
What we do know is they studied the stars, and upon learning the king of the Jews had been born, they took action. Costly action. They planned, financially supported, and made the journey of about 900 miles, if from Babylon. Traveling to Jerusalem, they expected King Herod to be aware of the momentous event of Jesus’ birth and know His whereabouts. When he didn’t, they were overjoyed to again see and follow His star.
But what was the purpose of their trip? “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). The magi worshiped Jesus, paying Him honor and offering Him their finest gifts.
For the coming New Year, may we consider how we too can worship this king of Kings. The great thing is, we don’t have to search for Him. He is always near.
What time and gifts can we offer? What sacrifices can we make? How can we bring Him glory and honor? May we acknowledge who He is and give Him our best for He alone is worthy, Christ the LORD ~ the Messiah of the Jews and the Savior of the world!