What is your favorite holiday movie? Can you mouth the words along with the characters or do you speak them out loud much to the annoyance of those watching with you? Is the story so familiar that it seems like there is nothing new to see or hear? Well, I think we all can relate to that. A movie, a favorite book, or the predictable family get together all hold something over us that keeps us coming back to it even though nothing really changes.
Do you ever feel that way about the Christmas story? Angels come to Mary and Joseph, they travel to Bethlehem, there’s no room at the inn, the shepherds come, the star shines, and the wise men get there a couple of years later end of story, done. Right? Wrong! Yes, the story is familiar, but the joy and amazingness of it all needs to continue and not die out in each of us. So, today I want to share with you about the wise men.
PK basically told everyone who has their wise men in the nativity set that they were doing it wrong. (I’m guilty too.) The wise men weren’t there when Jesus was born, they had to travel 800 miles to get to him. No fast plane then, just your two feet and some animal help if you were lucky. These men travelled a long way to get to see Jesus. They were probably dirty, tired, sore, and hungry even if they were kings. I mean a weekend in our pop up is enough to bring out the cranky in the six of us!
But, these men travelled, they followed the star, and they found Jesus. He was probably about two years old. Think of any two year olds you know and then imagine perfection in Jesus. Hard to imagine! So these men, these kings, travelled a great distance to see Jesus. I know I already said that. Now think, what is the first thing you do after travelling somewhere? Do you ask for the bathroom, crash on the sofa, check your email, or engage in polite chit-chat if you are visiting someone? Am I right? Well, what did the wise men do?
Matthew 2:9-11 says, “After they had heard the king, they (the wise men) went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”
Do you see it? Do you see what the Bible tells us the wise men did first? Read the passage again. What did they do? When the star stopped and they found the house where Jesus was, what did they do? They bowed down and worshiped Jesus! How awesome is that? That is what they did first when they saw Jesus. They worshiped him.
Is that what we do first? Do we worship Him first each day? I know I don’t. Some days I wake up and my mind has already jumped to the to do list or something else worldly and worshipping Jesus gets pushed to the bottom of the list. That’s awful, but it happens. I need my relationship with Jesus to be first. It needs to be at the top of the list with no option to do anything else first. I want to be a wise man, who might be tired, dirty, and hungry, but it doesn’t matter because I get to worship Jesus.
Who else wants to be a wise man? This Christmas, worship God first. Read the Christmas story as a family before opening presents. Give a birthday gift to Jesus that really means something and that really costs you something. Seek Him, find the star that is leading you to Him. And again, when you find Him, worship Him. Merry Christmas!