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 2:11 (NLT)
Having followed the star to the house where Jesus resides the wise men see him for the first time. Their response was one of worship: they bow down and worship him. This is an act of faith. Despite him not being in an opulent palace surrounded by glory they still believe he is the true king and they worship him.
They worship with their bodies and they worship with their gifts. The wise men bring themselves and their possessions and they lay it all before Jesus.
This is an act of true surrender in line with Jesus’ later call to the rich young ruler to give everything to the poor and follow him.
These are the actions of disciples who are fully surrendered to him. Will we also surrender as wise people to jesus?
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.
– Matthew 2:1-2
The wise men came to worship Jesus. Even before they had met or seen him they were prepared to worship the new king. They had faith that jesus was more than a baby – their faith was in him as a king!
And so, like many of Jesus’ followers, they came to worship him. I suspect they thought that all of Jerusalem would be worshipping the newborn king. Imagine their surprise when they find the opposite! All of Jerusalem was deeply disturbed!
Yet despite the lack of worshipping concern that the king has come they continue in their mission to find and worship Jesus.
How often do we as followers of Jesus find that we are in the minority?
When you live to worship Jesus as Lord and King you may find that it troubles those around you. In such circumstances have faith in God, not fear of man.
True discipleship troubles those who do not believe. It rattles the norm. Have faith and stay resolved to be faithful in your worship of Jesus. Keep an eternal eye on the goal of loving God and loving others. KEEP ON KEEPING ON.