Matthew’s Gospel shares with us how the scholars of Jesus’ day knew where He was to be born. It is almost as if you can hear them say to Herod, “In Bethlehem in Judea – of course- don’t you remember the prophecy?” But it is the Magi from the East, these strange fellows following a star in search of hope beyond hope, that actually make it to the place where the newborn King was born. They didn’t want to just know where He was for the sake of knowing, they wanted to know so they could go and worship Him.
I don’t know if we truly see the humor, irony or just weird setting this must have been. Imagine that you are Mary and Joseph at this point. Here come these guests who wish to see your child. You escort them back to the nursery and they kneel down next to Jesus’ crib/manger/pack-and-play, offer Him gifts, and worship Him as King. Although you (as Mary and Joseph) know that God has a special plan for this child, it has got to be a bit odd seeing them open their treasures to your baby, who is still so weak that he relies on your protection, and placing their hope in Him. Your baby is King to them. A King not just in knowledge, but in Hope.
Spend time to worshipping God this Christmas. The Magi worshipped a newborn baby King, a seemingly insignificant thing. Maybe the things that call us or to worship God seem insignificant at the time- worship anyway.
Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.
Come and worship,
Michael Smith has served at the camp in many capacities over the years and is the pastor at Tabernacle UMC in Erma.