“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Those ancient travelers who went in search of the Child Jesus, form a valuable illustration of true worship. Their worship included at least five ideas we would do well to imitate.
First, their worship was Spirit led; we read they followed “His star”. These men, who spent their time observing the heavens, were amazed that a star, which had not existed before, appeared in the sky and directed them to Jerusalem.
Second, their worship was Biblically founded. The leading of the Spirit brought them to Jerusalem. Once there, they searched the Scriptures to find the Child. Jesus said, those who worship Him must worship in “spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-240). If we want our worship to be well pleasing, we must search the Scriptures to find out who God really is, and what He desires from us.
Third, they worshipped with “exceedingly great joy.” In other words, their worship was a celebration. We all vary in personality: some are quiet, others quite loud. When we are not trying to mimick someone else in worship, there is an element where we are celebrating. What could be more amazing than God sending His Son into the world to save sinners?
Fourth, their worship included giving. They took of what they had and offered it to Jesus. When we see the value of Jesus, we are willing to give our valuables to Him. Perhaps it is time to give your time, talent and treasures to the Lord.
Finally, they were changed by their worship. We are told they departed another way. The way they came was not the way they left. These men who had been star gazers were now witnesses of Christ.
Let’s take some time today to worship Jesus in Spirit and in truth.
Matthew Chapter 2- Questions
- Why did the wise men come?
- What was the source of authority for the chief priests and scribes when trying to determine the identity of the Messiah?
- What did the wise men do when they met Jesus?
- What lessons can we learn the reaction of the wise men to meeting Jesus?
- Jesus was born in Bethlehem but grew up where?
- Why does Matthew continue to quote from the Old Testament?