When they [the Magi] saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:10-11 (NIV)
Read: Matthew 2:1-12
Consider: During the period of Advent, we’ve looked at the meaning of Christmas. We have considered how, as Christians, we should not be distracted by the superficial aspects of the festivities, but should keep in mind the deeper spiritual significance of Jesus coming into the world.
Looking at today’s reading in Matthew 2 we come to the story of the Magi and their visit to find the King of the Jews (Matthew 2:4). Notice that these men came to Jerusalem, in their minds the most logical place in which to find a king. However, the only king they found there was Herod. It was the chief priests and teachers who were able to tell them that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem, not Jerusalem (2:5). Herod was concerned by this news of a ‘King of the Jews’, not because he wanted to worship him (2:8), but because he was a threat and Herod wanted to kill him (2:16).
Returning to the Magi we are told that they travelled to Bethlehem where they found Mary and the baby Jesus. While Herod pretended that he wanted to come to worship Jesus, we are told that the Magi ‘… bowed down and worshipped him’ (2:11). Notice that they then : ‘… opened their treasures and presented …’ them to him (2:11).
What should our response be to Jesus? We should be willing to bow down and worship him, because he is God and deserving of our worship. While we are not necessarily called to present Jesus with material treasures, we should be willing to present him with our gifts or talents, allowing him to use us in sharing the good news of the gospel with others.
Pray: Father, we thank you that Jesus is worthy of our worship. May we be willing to present our gifts and talents to him to use in your service. Amen