“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they 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. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.” (Matthew 2:1–12 NIV11)
The star points to Worship the King
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2 NIV11-GKE)
The Magi, these wise men are very particular, and yet at the same time critical in the life and ministry of Jesus.
We know that they came from the East; they were intellectuals, historians, astrologers and overall. They knew the Hebrew Scriptures! They knew of the king of the Jews who were to come. They knew how to interpret the starts, and they knew about the baby King to be born.
They came to worship Jesus.
The star attracts the enemy
“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.” (Matthew 2:7 NIV11-GKE)
When Herod heard that the Magi have come to worship Jesus, that they followed the star, Herod also began to inquire, and he asked all his officials, Jews and others to look into. But his intention was the total opposite of the Magi. He wanted to know the place where Jesus was born so that he could lay his hands-on Jesus and kill him. There was one king, and there is no room for another.
Everyone is attracted to the star, but not everyone will come to worship Jesus. There are others like Herod who will go and turn the light off. But we know that this plan will never prosper, yet we need to be watchful. Satan was described once as the morning star
The star stops with Jesus
“After they had heard the king, they 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.” (Matthew 2:9–10 NIV11-GKE)
The star was guiding the Magi, think about it. This is an act of God, and this is supernatural. The went on, following the lead as if the star had a will of its own. The star went ahead of them till it stopped over the place where the child was.
The star did not move, and as they looked at it, they were overjoyed! This is not just Joy; it is much more than that! They were jubilant, delighted, exuberant. They brought to Jesus gifts, each one of them laid a gift on Jesus. This is an act of worship.
So, let me ask you what are gifting Jesus as an act of worship?
Can I suggest that you don’t look further and far, or for some impressive gift. But what if you give yourself to him. Give him your heart. That is the most treasured possession that you have, and which is worth more than gold and silver can buy.
Dario is a husband, father, pastor and passionate pursuer of Jesus and His Kingdom. He is a Pastor, loyal friend, and walks the walk when it comes to being a carrier of God’s presence. He expects things to happen when he prays for people. He loves having fun and eating olives (preferably at the same time).