Pastor Bill Azbell
First Presbyterian Church
Matthew 2.11-12 They entered the house where the child and his mother, Mary, were, and they fell down before him and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But when it was time to leave, they went home another way, because God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
Magi from a faraway land seek out the newborn King of the Jews (Matt. 2:2). By starlight a deep-seated conviction takes root in their hearts that his Kingship claimed them as well. God beckons them forward to witness heaven and earth coming together for the sake of all peoples, an invitation to worship which transcends boundaries of family and culture, ethnicity and economics.
The Magi respond to the invitation with joyful abandon, laying down offerings of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, gifts fit for a king. They leave with something even more precious, a personal encounter with God
Receiving their worship of the Child King as his own, God welcomes them under his provision and protection, guiding them home by a new direction, away from evil King Herod. I can’t help but think this encounter with the Heavenly King changed the direction of their lives forever!
Prayer: Our Heavenly King, thank you for drawing me toward you. Please help me to worship you with joyful abandon like the Magi, and to follow the new directions you’re giving my life. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen