It’s that crazy-busy time of the year again.
It’s that time of the year again, when Christmas is upon us, and many of us take time out, but life still somehow becomes crazy—busy with festivities and family and friends, and queues and gifts and logistics. It seems to be a time when we often lose our peace and spend the least time with the One who is the real ‘star’ of Christmas.
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 face down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. – Matthew 2:10-11
I love this story of the wise men who were ancient astronomers studying the stars, and who are believed to have followed ‘the star’ for several months until they found the Christ child. It would have been a journey filled with rigor and risk, cost and planning, but for them it was worth everything to encounter the King.
The same invitation awaits us today!
Do you remember the first time you really found Jesus?
The response of the wise men upon finding the baby is illustrative of what happens to any person who truly finds Jesus. They experienced joy—exceeding great joy! And then what happened? The scripture says that they fell down and worshiped Him.
As Christians we still use the posture of lying prostrate, kneeling and bowing or raising our hands to convey our great love, reverence and awe in His presence.
Why don’t you take some time in your quiet time with Him today and fall down on your knees and just worship your King?
And then the scriptures tell us, that they opened their treasures to Him.
- The precious metal of gold was a valuable commodity and a symbol of divinity. It’s mentioned throughout the Bible used in the making of pagan idols and also to overlay the Ark of the Covenant. The gift of gold to the Christ child was symbolic of His divinity—God in flesh.
- Frankincense is a white resin obtained by making incisions in the bark of a tree and allowing the gum to flow out. It’s highly fragrant when burned and was therefore used in worship as a pleasant offering to God. It’s a symbol of holiness and righteousness. The gift of Frankincense to the Christ child was symbolic of His willingness to become a sacrifice, wholly giving himself up, analogous to a burnt offering.
- The third gift of myrrh is a spice used in embalming, sometimes also mixed with wine to form a drink. Such a drink was given to Jesus before He was crucified, referred to as ‘gall’. Myrrh symbolises bitterness, suffering and affliction. The baby Jesus would grow up to suffer greatly as a man, who would pay the ultimate price when He gave His life on the cross for all who would believe in Him.
And so I ask each of us, will we respond?
Will we bring Him our treasure? The most important treasure of all, the only thing He really ever wanted, the only thing we have to offer the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords and the Prince of Peace . . . is ourselves! May it be so with us today, tomorrow and every day for the rest of our lives.
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is He served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since He himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything . . . that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each of one of us. – Acts 17:24, 25, 27
May we worship the King this Christmas!