2 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, 2 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.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. 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. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 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. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Jesus was probably 1 or 2 years old when the wise men arrived. Still a babe, Jesus was unable to do anything for them. Yet they were overjoyed to see Him and showered Him with gifts fit for royalty (Matthew 2:10-11).
The wise men celebrated Jesus purely for who He is. A miracle child and promised king. It is important to be mindful that when the wise men arrive, Jesus had yet to heal a single person or preach a single message. But these travellers from the East bowed down and worshipped Him.
“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 2:11
I believe, God loves it when we recognize the good things He does for us. I also believe, that even if God never did another thing for us, He would still be worthy of our worship.
Worship is more than singing. Worship is a life lived for the Lord. Romans 12:1 tells us, “true and proper worship is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” Worship then, is willingly surrendering to God’s plan for our lives every day. When we do, we give Jesus the greatest gift of all — a heart devoted to Him alone.
The relationship that comes from being fully known and loved by God changes us. It causes us to lift our hands in praise and bow our heads in prayer. It gives us hope, even in challenging times, and allows us to celebrate God for who He is.
Let’s bring these thoughts with us this weekend in our times of worship.