‘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.’ Luke 2:10-11
Can you imagine some men, who you don’t know at all, showing up at your house asking to see your little 1 1/2- 2 year old boy? Then, after you have checked their ID, and quickly did a google search on their names, you let them in only to see them go flat to the ground and begin worshipping the boy who you just changed diapers on. Some of you right now are still stuck on the fact that the wise men went to a house and the boy was already possibly 2 years old? Yes, I am sorry if I ruined the nativity scene set up in your living room, but we can see from scripture that the wise men(maybe not just 3, because we really don’t know how many there were-sorry!) were not at the feed trough in the cave for the birth. They went to a house where Jesus was already a boy. That’s the reason Herod wanted to kill any boy under 2 so He could make sure that this ‘King of the Jews’ the wise men told him about would not rise to power in his time. But God had a different plan and so let’s get back to His home. The wise men are on the ground worshipping the young toddler Jesus not because He is the most beautiful boy in the world or the most well behaved, but because they knew from the promise of scripture and the prophets that this boy, who would be born in Bethlehem, would be the Savior of the world. He would be the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. That is why they journeyed for almost 2 years so they could pay honor and worship the King. They put their own power, prestige, and pride aside and worshipped this little boy because they were in the presence of God.
Christmas is an opportunity to have incredible times with family and friends, sharing laughs and love, eating great food, opening gifts, giving gifts, eating more food, opening more gifts and of course remembering the birth of the Savior. But I hope we can hold onto this celebration of Jesus with the same joy and fervor beyond Christmas. Hopefully it will be a catalyst for us to put ourselves aside each day to be thankful for the baby that was born who would grow up to be a man and die in our place upon a cross. These wise men rejoiced with great joy when they found the One who would take away our sins. Think about that forgiveness long enough and it should bring joy to your day and hopefully cause us to be like the wise guys and get down on our knees and worship the King Jesus, everyday.