“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2.1-2, 9b-11 ESV).
I have no idea exactly where the wise men came from, but I do know they came with the solitary purpose of worshipping the King. They set out on their long journey that they might look upon Him face-to-face and worship Him. They could have stayed in their own country within their own homes and worshipped; after all, it isn’t the place where we worship that is important, but the condition of the heart. Their hearts would not allow them to stay home and worship. No, they understood that true worship calls for great sacrifice. So, they put caution to the wind and set off to Bethlehem, the city of David, to worship the King of kings in person.
Their worship was the result of a lifetime of searching. Because they had searched the Scriptures, they recognized His star when it appeared. They understood that He would be a child and would be born in Israel. They knew He would be the King of kings. Their lifetime of study wouldn’t allow such a historic event to happen without their attendance; therefore, they traveled the long, long journey to worship King Jesus.
This year for Christmas, I want to worship like the wise men.
First, I want to emulate their anticipation for worship. In order to worship, they had to recognize the fulfillment of God’s Word by knowing Scripture. They recognized God’s sign when they saw the star, and they recognized God’s glory when they saw His light. This created in them a desire for worship which drove them to make the sacrificial journey. I don’t want to be so busy with the “Christmas Season” that I miss the true reason for the season—JESUS! I want the fulfillment of Scripture, the Bright Morning Star, the Light of the World—JESUS—to penetrate my heart and create in me a desire for sacrificial worship.
Secondly, I want to emulate their act of worship. They took the time to come into His presence, they looked into His face, they fell down and worshipped Him. Then, they gave of their possessions—gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Their worship was a complete fulfillment of their hearts desire to honor and glorify the King. Upon seeing Jesus face-to-face they couldn’t help but fall down in worship. The treasures they gave to Jesus meant nothing in their possession, but leaving them as an offering to the King became their greatest achievement. I want to offer up my feeble life and possessions for Him to use however and whenever He desires.
I want desperately to worship before the face of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. I want to see His glorious face, fall down before Him, and honor Him with words of praise, honor, and glory. I want my worship, like that of the wise men, to be the zenith of my existence. This year for Christmas I want to worship like the wise men!