After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. 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, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:1-2, 11
Jesus is born! God’s grace in human form. God’s love gift to us.
“We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.” the wise men explain to Herod.
“Overcome, they knelt and worshiped him… and presented gifts…”
After a long hard journey, the object of their travels deserved their worship. There was no other possible response. They were overcome. They knelt before him. They worshiped him. They gave him gifts.
So many questions arise in my mind about these wise men. What prophesy told them to follow the star? How did they know it was the King of the Jews? Were they fueled by anticipation of what kind of king they would find? Were they really ‘kings’ with an entourage? Were they surprised the king wasn’t in Herod’s palace? And those gifts, so unusual, so impractical but then they did expect the baby was going to be found in a King’s palace.
Were they surprised to find their King in a stable? The King of Kings! The King Incarnate. I think they were because they were overcome, knelt and worshiped him.
Let us be so awestruck by our baby King this Christmas.
O come let us adore Him!
Christ the Lord!