Day: Mon, 23 Dec2013
Wise men of old came from afar asking the timeless question, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). Following the star that they had seen in the East, they were led to where the Christ Child lay. Upon their arrival they presented the new-born baby with precious gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh.
Have you ever stopped to wonder why the scriptures never tell us exactly how many wise men came to worship the new-born King? Have you ever wondered why there is no mention of their names or identities? I believe that it is because they were not the focal point of the lesson that is being taught. The lesson that is being taught is that Christ is the One upon whom our focus should be centered. Like the wise men of old, we should come near to worship Him. For truly He is worthy of all praise and adoration!
As we celebrate this joyous Christmas season, perhaps we need to pause for a moment and take a look around and ask the same question that was asked of old, “Where is He?” Among all the commercialism, parties, brightly colored lights, beautiful decorations, and the gifts that we might receive on Christmas morning, “Where is He?”
What is our main focal point as we celebrate and reflect upon this Christmas season? Is it the merriment of the world at this season of the year that fills our hearts with joy and delight for a few brief moments of time, or are our hearts and minds focused on the One whose name is Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace – He that is the greatest gift ever given to humanity by our loving Heavenly Father Himself, wrapped in His Divine love and sealed with an Eternal Promise – He who is both the Light and the Life of the world?
The wise men came to worship the Christ Child. Who is it or what is it that we worship? The wise men presented the new-born King with precious gifts from their treasures. What would we give to Him who is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords? Would we give Him those things that matter least to us and seemingly have no real value, or would we open our hearts and give Him our best?