“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:1-2,9-11
Christmas was over, and the wise men, hearing of Jesus’ birth, made the trek to see the young child. There was no sitting back, no big sigh, after the ‘great event,’ but only holy compulsion to meet this royal One, and worship Him. They followed the guidance they had, a star which God had said from the beginning would be used for signs, having taken care to plan for the long trip over hundreds of miles, with one goal: to meet the king of the Jews. The picture of these men, likely more than three, arriving at a humble home and bowing before a baby or toddler boy, offering him valuable treasures, is both startling and sobering. Am I as willing and ready for this journey after the festive activity of December? (Genesis 1:14)
It is easy when the holidays are over to take our gifts and go…on with our lives. Clean up and “put away Christmas” and head out into a new year with exciting fresh ideas and resolutions and plans, and forget the wonder of the One born to take away our sins. If we would be wise, we would seek Him; we would plan every day to make the journey of time and effort to follow His light, to bow before Him, to offer as a gift to Him all that is valuable to us, for His honor and use. (Matthew 1:21)
Oh God, I want to be wise, and do as the wise men did. Teach me to carry the wonder and joy of Christmas into every new day, and to expend what it takes to do so. Keep me attune to following Your light and kneeling before You in praise; ever prompt me to listen, to open wide my hands and heart to my worthy Savior.