December 25, 2022

The Kings

“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 non-Jewish people 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 afar 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!

If you have never receive Jesus as your Lord and King personally, do it today! Pray this prayer from your heart and Jesus will come into your heart and into your life and save you from an eternity of separation from Him: God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior.  I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me.  Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new today.  I know Your Son, Jesus died for me.  I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead.  At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward.  I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to accomplish the things You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen

Today’s scripture reading:  Matthew 2:1-12

1 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, 

2 saying, “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.”

3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.

5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:

6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”

7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 

8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 

11 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.

12 `Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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