Matthew 2:8; And he (King Herod) 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.”
You’d think being ‘wise men’ they would have sensed the evil kings plan to rid the world of Jesus, but no, they were totally oblivious. It says in verse 12; Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. I guess the word ‘wise’ doesn’t necessarily mean spiritually discerning.
I’ve met a lot of wise people in my life. They are good with a business plan, great with finances, doctors, lawyers, theologians, but they have a difficult time accepting the simple message of love. It’s like their own wisdom and knowledge gets in the way of Gods plan. These wise men had seen the star and dared to follow it. They knew it was a sign from God so they prepared for a journey with gifts fit for a king.
Since it’s Jesus’ birthday, I asked him what he wanted. Well, why not? We ask our children and grandchildren what they want for their birthdays, don’t we? Do you know what he said to me? “Just come and sit with me, spend time with me. I want to show you some things, give you direction. The greatest gift you can give to me is your time.”
“O Come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant. O Come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels. O Come let us adore Him. O Come let us adore Him. O Come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Let’s not be too busy going here and there, doing this and that to miss our time with Jesus. Let’s not yield to the ways of the world, get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas to miss the greatest opportunity to reflect on his goodness, mercy and grace to us this past year. Let’s worship Jesus. Let’s remember the reason he came into the world was so the world could be saved. Let’s do our part to share in giving his love to others around us. Jesus is the reason for the season, but he never intended for us to celebrate it like this. All he wants is time with you.
Father, thank you for sharing your son with us. Thank you for your plan of redemption. Such a beautiful and awesome plan. We give you glory and honor. We may not be spending the day as we thought or dreamed, but we are spending it with you, and that’s all that matters. So whether it be in a hospital bed, in a hospice room with someone we love or sitting in a dark corner of a room, we will let the light of your love shine on us. We will turn our attention onto you and hear your words to us because they still bring hope, they still bring healing, they still bring joy. Right here where we are, we will adore you. Amen.