“And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
The wise men came from the east to the house where Jesus lived with His parents. The probability is that Jesus was about two years old. He was clearly not a baby but a “young child”. As a toddler, He still didn’t know He was the King of kings, but the wise men sure did.
Today, the wise men are often called kings, but the Bible doesn’t really say that. What we do know about them is that they studied the stars and they were magi. We know this because the star is the reason they came looking for the King of the Jews. Obviously they had some ancient manuscript of the prophecy of His coming and that the star would be the sign. Many believe that the Babylonians took these writings when they carried away the Israeli people into captivity. They probably also had Daniel’s writing from when he lived among them. This would explain them coming from the “east”.
What is really important about this is that these men came from another country to worship Jesus! They were the first to “fall down” and worship Him. This is significant because they would have been the first gentiles that came to Jesus and they were not turned away. If they really were kings, then they were the first kings to bow to the King of kings. What a great picture of the coming day when all nations of the world will bow down to Him!! On top of all that, they brought treasure to Him, some of the most precious resources in the world, gold, frankincense and myrrh. This was a blessing from God to provide for His Son while He was on the earth. These gifts also enabled Joseph to take his family out of the country to protect them from the wrath of the crazed King Herod.
Today I want to encourage you to consider the wise men coming from a far country to worship Jesus. Then consider how you can follow their example and fall down and worship Him! Give Him your greatest and earnest praise for coming into the world and becoming the King to save all people from sin! Don’t wait for that day when He returns to get us, worship Him today! He is worthy of all our praise! He is the King of kings and LORD of lords!
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 2:1-12