The birth of our Lord Jesus is the greatest event to ever take place upon this earth. It is for this reason, the three wise men came searching for Jesus at His birth. They learned that when they saw a specific star in the east that it was their Messiah that had finally come. These men also came to Herod before finding the young baby Jesus with Mary and Joseph in their home. It is written, “now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.” (Matthew 2:1-4) Herod had many scribes who knew the Torah very well, of which they were able to give him the information he needed.
The most unfortunate events happened next. This is when Herod, the evil king, found out the whereabouts of where Mary and Joseph were staying, in order to kill Jesus. It was Herod’s scribes that opened up to Micah, chapter 5, verse 2, and read the verses that say that the Messiah would come out of Bethlehem. It is written, “and they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.” (Matthew 2:5-8) Unfortunately, Herod did not want to find Jesus to worship him also, but to kill him. Fortunately, this did not happen according to God’s will.
It was after the wise men finally left Herod that they saw the star hover over the house where Mary and Joseph were staying. And so they went with their gold, frankincense, and myrrh, and gave it unto them. In worship did they bow their knee to Jesus, who is Lord. It is written, “when they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” (Matthew 2:9-12) This story of the wise men helps me see their true desire to find their Lord and King. Now, let us all worship Jesus together. Amen.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I give You praise and glory during this Christmas season and forever more. I am honored and blessed to have You in my life, Jesus. I can’t even imagine how the three wise men must have felt the moment they saw You in the home of Mary and Joseph. In awe, must have they fell down on their knees for some time in worship to You, my King. Even now does my heart sing out in praise to the Son of God, who is Christ the Lord. I love what You have done for us, Jesus, more than anything else I have ever known in this life time. Because You came down to save us from our sins, I have forgiveness and mercy, though I don’t deserve it. Through the cross, my sins are washed clean through Your blood. I am continually left without words because of what You have done. The scriptures are correct in that Your mission was to save Your people from their sins. Thankfully, You have adopted us as Your believers in these latter days. I may not be a Jew, but I worship You all the same. I love You, Jesus. Have Your way in my life. Lead me, Lord. Amen.