And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh (Matt. 2:11).
The story of the visit of the wise men to Jesus is quite instructive. It justifies the wisdom of those fellows. They were wise then. They are wise now. They remain wise forever because they made Jesus Christ the centre of their lives…, of their pursuits…, of their devotion, worship and adoration…, of their sacrifices and giving…, of their obedience…, according to the will of God. It has pleased God the Father to give Jesus Christ the pre-eminence in all things: the fullness of the Godhead dwells in Him bodily: God has made Him Lord of all (Acts 2:36).
These wise men searched for Christ until they found Him. They came from a long distance, across the hills and the ocean. They asked questions from whosoever they could; they did not allow anyone or anything to hinder them in their search for the Saviour. If you will seek the Lord with all your heart you will find Him. In finding Him you will find rest for your soul. Make sure that like these wise men, you give yourself no rest until your heart embraces the Saviour that was born. Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon (Isa. 55:6-7).
When eventually they found Christ, the desire of all nations, they went all out to submit their entire lives to Him. First, they fell down before Him. This is total submission to the Saviour, recognising that even though he was then a child, He was infinitely higher than they were. Next, the Bible says they “worshipped Him.” This was their recognition that He is God, the King of the universe to whom all worship and adoration belong. Then they opened up their treasure. This was in recognition of His Lordship over all they are and all that they own. After this they gave Him their gifts. They recognise that worship is not complete without an offering, a sacrifice. They gave Him what they had. Their gifts reflected their insight into whom Jesus was and what He came to earth to do. Gold
– the symbol of His divinity as our God in the flesh. Frankincense – the symbol of His priesthood
– our great and glorious High Priest that has brought us to God. Myrrh
– the symbol of His humanity
– our man of sorrow that came to identify with us and to take away our sin.
Finally they decided to walk in complete obedience to this God, whom they have come to know and worship, for the rest of their lives even though kings would be angry. Have you found the Saviour that was born for you? Have you fallen before Him in total submission and humility so He can lift you up? Have you opened to Him the treasures of your heart? Have you given Him your gifts and sacrifices? Have you taken a decision to walk in obedience to His word all the days of your life no matter who does not like your choice? On this day of glory, may your eyes truly see the salvation of the Lord.
All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him (Lk 10:22).
SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY
FOR FURTHER STUDIE
- Give thanks to God that your eyes have seen His glory.
- Ask the Lord to give you a deeper revelation of Christ, deep in your soul.
- Pray that the revelation of Christ will transform your life to a higher level of glory.
Confession for Today: My eyes have seen the salvation of the Lord.
Nations’ Watch: Pray for Laos