October 17, 2017
Read: Matthew 2:1-12
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Scripture- Matthew 2:10-11- When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Observations- The wise men, at great effort and expense to themselves, made a risky journey to simply be in the presence of the only person born into this world who was worthy of our worship. When they finally saw Jesus, they approached with humility on their knees bearing gifts worthy of a king. Gold was a standard gift to a king, frankincense was burned in worship as an offering to God perhaps signifying the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, and myrrh was a spice used in embalming.
Application- What journey will you take to honor Jesus Christ at great risk to your own ways? What's in your treasure chest to offer the only person ever born who is worthy of your worship? Herod would never bend the knee in life to the One born to save even him, but we get to reflect deeply and often upon the actions of the wise men and the meaning of this: "Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)
Prayer- O Father, thank You for sending Jesus to this earth to be our true and perfect Priest, Prophet, and King- the Only One who mediates the fullness of Your presence and bridges the gap between Your holiness and our sin, has a right to lovingly call us to account for our behavior here and now, and reigns not only now, but forever and ever. Guide me to keep bringing my meager gifts to my Savior and the Lord of the universe for Your glory and my growth. Amen.
On my knees,