After Jesus was born, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem. They inquired as to the whereabouts of the one who had been born king of the Jews. They had seen His star, and come to worship Him. This disturbed King Herod. He called together the chief priests and teachers of the law, to find out where the Messiah was to be born. According to Scripture, Bethlehem was to be his birthplace. King Herod sent for the wise men secretly, finding out from them exactly when the star had appeared. He told them to go to Bethlehem, and make a careful search for the child, that he might worship Him as well. Afterwards, the wise men went on their way. When they saw the star, which had stopped over the place where Jesus was, they were overjoyed! They bowed down and worshiped Him, opened their treasures, and presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. They returned to their country by a different route, having been warned in a dream not to go back to King Herod.
The wise men went on a journey, traveling first to Jerusalem, and then on to Bethlehem, to worship the king that had been born. Jesus was Emmanuel – God with us (Matthew 1:23) – truly the King of all! Though God in His very nature (Philippians 2:6), He came down to this earth to save us. He was made in human likeness (Philippians 2:7), and humbled Himself, becoming obedient even to the point of death on a cross (Philippians 2:8). Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place, giving Him the name above all names. At His name, every knee should bow, and every tongue acknowledge Him as Lord (Philippians 2:9-11). The Son of the Most High paid the price to redeem us! Let’s acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior!
The Magi presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh – gifts fit for a king! Of all of the gifts that are given at Christmastime, Jesus, God’s gift of love to us that first Christmas, remains the greatest gift of all! Our Heavenly Father gave us the very best He had to offer. If He did not spare own His Son, how will He not freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)? It is only in receiving from our Daddy in heaven that we can have anything to give out in return. Because our Savior died for us, we are now to live for Him
(2 Corinthians 5:15). We offer ourselves as living sacrifices, in view of God’s mercy
(Romans 12:2). When we recognize the His amazing grace, and abundant love for each of us, it makes us want to live in a way that brings honor to Him.
Our wonderful Savior took our sins upon Himself, that we might be made right with God. Let’s acknowledge Him as Lord in our hearts and our lives. Let’s receive our Heavenly Father’s gift of love to us, and live for the One who gave His life for us. Let’s give thanks to God for sending Jesus, the King come to save us!