December 17th 2016 [day 17]
A STAR IS BORN
And now the star, which they had seen in the east, went in front of them as they traveled until at last it shone immediately above the place where the little child lay. The sight of the star filled them with indescribable joy. They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:9 J.B. Phillips
3. THEY SAW THE CHILD AND WORSHIPED
So, when Christmas is all over for another 12 months; all the hype, the build up, the stress and tensions, the last-minute panicking, not to mention the early sales rush, the family get together’s [or not so together’s] The bloated stomach’s, the pounds put on, the £s spent, and the debt incurred; and yet, nevertheless, hopefully a Saviour will have been truly worshiped wholeheartedly by us and it is hoped [by myself at least], some happiness, fun, laughter and bucket loads of love, good memories and expectations will have been made and met!?
So, what were the expectations of the Magi? Did they find and bargain for what they were seeking for? Have you? have I? Not just this Christmastime, but since you were saved? Every day of your Christian experience! We’ll look in detail later how far these magi went to worship Christ. My prayer is we will never take God, Christ, our salvation and faith for granted and that we will be ever thankful and full of gratitude to our merciful King. Tell you what, let us make it our habit this Christmas period and the next 12 months that in everything we will have a thankful, grateful heart.
However, maybe you are thinking as U2 sang “I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR!” God doesn’t concern Himself so much about the chronological and theological implications of the 25th December, He just loves to be worshiped in spirit and truth. Some 30 years on from that first advent, a young woman discovered this truth! Listen to what Jesus said about her: “Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught”. [Luke 10:39] “There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” [10:42] “This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair”. [John 11:2] “Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of spikenard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance”. [John 12:3]
This was a very costly act of worship [the spikenard was valued at a years wages, about £20,000 in today’s currency!] Likewise the cost was high for the kings from the east, even to the point of their lives being threatened. How costly is my worship of Christ? How about yours? And what were the Magi looking for? What were they expecting when they found it? Did they eventually find what they were really looking and hoping for? Did they have all their hopes, dreams and expectations met? The answer to that is a great big yes! And that’s my prayer for us all this Christmas that we will meet with Christ, the one who meets all our needs, and the one who fulfills all our hopes and dreams. It is also interesting to note that Matthew noted that the wise men: “saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him”. Note, they did not worship Mary. She is an honoured woman, but she is not deity and therefore should not be worshiped.
APPLICATION: The Magi traveled almost 1000 miles to find the Christ Child to honour and worship Him. It took them about 2 years! They spent a few hours perhaps with Him, worshiped Him and gave gifts and then they had to set back on the return journey which probably took longer as they had to avoid Herod who wanted them killed for betraying him and they would’ve had to avoid the main routes! So they would’ve given up possibly 5 years of their lives by the time they got home! Now that’s what I call worship!!! Now for us, the furthest we have to travel to is the nearest bookshelf to pick up our Bibles and then find the nearest comfy chair, open our Bible and read it, pray it through and apply it! How difficult is that? So, how about it?!
PRAYER: AND HOW ABOUT PRAYING YOUR OWN PRAYER OF THANKFULNESS FOR ALL GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU THROUGH CHRIST JESUS!