Don't get trapped by the tinsel and twinkle of the season. There's more content richness to the Christmas story than what we see on the surface. It's our hope you'll use this week's devos as vistas to behold the working of God through His Son, and through the people God uses to usher in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. The best way to use the devos is to read the verse in its entirety, then contemplate the content, then ready yourself to live in response to what you hear the Lord saying to you. Please feel free to share or repost the devos to your friends.
“. . . they fell down and worshipped Him . . .” Matthew 2:11
The Magi were scholars and soothsayers from Persia and Babylon, east of Judea who, after seeing a faint star violently explode and give off a light for months, began a long, arduous journey looking for the One who's ancient text foretold that, "A star would come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel." (Num. 24:17) When they finally arrive to the place where Jesus and His parents are living, they offer Him costly gifts. They were not just going through the motions in their worship, as many of us do, their worship of Jesus nearly cost them their lives before Herod.
It's notable that every character in the Christmas story who encounters Jesus, has the same response – worship – they were overwhelmed and affection poured from a deep, untouched place in their hearts. Such a pure response clashes up against our fixed beliefs about God and what it means to truly be in His presence. Our worship must be reoriented to the rightful King.
The Magi fell down and worshiped this Child born in a village, living in the poorest of houses, lying in the arms of a young mother who was among the lowliest of the land. The Magi were often in the presence of the King of Babylon, themselves high, mighty and wealthy. From Herod they had come to this poor house. They treat it as the grandest palace and this little Child as a glorious King. How could they do this? Their hearts must have seen what their eyes didn't see.
The wise men give us a picture of what happens when someone beholds Jesus. They will travel great distances, risk life, oppose dominant world systems, and give their very best to King Jesus.
A worshiper is not someone who is spaced-out in an existential fog, who levitates in ecstasy, while singing a melodious chorus. A worshiper is someone in whom something has happened, they have been brought to life with a passionate longing for Jesus. They seek, love and worship Jesus for no other reason than the sake of knowing Him. They are ruled by a thirst for loving, knowing and delighting in the person of Jesus.
The worshiper at Christmas grows quiet, their soul and mind, with their heart, at rest, they receive the mercy, forgiveness, and peace of the Child of Bethlehem. The worshiper surrenders to the grace of the Word made flesh. It's one thing to know you are loved by Jesus, it's another to experience it.
Read Psalm 107:29. Give Him your time, attention and availability. Pour yourself out before Him.