“He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” – Matthew 2:4-6.
Scripture offers us many important journey stories. From Abraham being told to go to the land that God will show him. To the Israelites traveling through the wilderness on their way to the promised land. To Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem before the birth of their Son. And we have the Magi.
The Magi were on a journey to find and worship the Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Fast forward thousands of years and ask yourself this question: Are you on the same journey to find and worship the Savior, who is Christ the Lord? So, what we can learn from these wise men, who traveled to find the newborn king?
Many lessons can be learned from the actions of the wise men. For example, they made it a priority to pursue the Lord. These men came from a great distance to encounter the Savior. They were committed to having a personal encounter with the newborn King. In the same way, shouldn’t we make it a priority to pursue the Lord and spend time in His presence? Secondly, they came to worship Him. Matthew 2:2 says, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” When they found Jesus, they bowed down. They were overjoyed. Because when they met Jesus, the search was over. They started as seekers, but when they found Him, they became worshippers. They have come all this way for one reason, and one reason only: To worship the newborn King of the Jews. They didn’t come with any kind of agenda. They weren’t looking for the answer to the meaning of life or trying to court favor with a king early in His life. They simply came to pay homage to Him, and to offer Him gifts. Fast forward several thousand years: do we come without any kind of agenda? Is our goal simply to worship Jesus? Do we offer Him gifts?
They saw the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Their search was over. Their lives were changed forever. Will we respond like the Magi? Seeking after God, humbling themselves, giving themselves, and obeying the Lord. They were true worshippers. That is the story of the gospel. Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came for tax collectors, prostitutes, rejects, and sinners. Jesus came to save whoever would trust in Him. He is the Savior of the world.
Bethlehem was not the end for the Magi. It was the beginning for them. May today mark a fresh beginning, a change, in our worship, our passionate pursuit of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Worship and joy are inseparable. Will you worship Him?
- Does it surprise you the sacrifices the wise men made to see the child Jesus?
- What do you think motivated the wise men to journey so far from home and their refusal to be diverted from their mission?