Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas - Day 21

The Wise Men

After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem, some wise men from the East came to Jerusalem saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?   For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him” (Matt. 2: 1b-2). 
Then “they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen 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 exceedingly great joy.  And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.  And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him:  gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
What a marvelous thing this was!  These wise men saw the star and then followed it.  It stopped right over where Jesus was.  When they got there they were so excited.  Can you imagine?  How would you have felt?  They were able to go into the house where Mary and Joseph and the Child Jesus were and when they saw Him they fell down and worshiped Him.  Oh, my!  How very thrilled they must have been!  Then they gave Him the gifts that they had brought to Him – gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  These were very special and expensive gifts, the kind that you would give to a king.  This was their way of expressing how wonderful Jesus was and showed their desire to honor Him.

We, too, want to honor Jesus, the King of Kings.  We do this whenever we honor Him with our love and obedience.  These are our most important gifts to Him.


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