And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11)
Well…here we are at the pointy end of Advent. And when we get right down to it, Christmas is not really all about the tree, the tinsel, the food and the family. It is not really about baby Jesus for that matter.
‘IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PRESENTS!’ shouts our attitude.
At least, it seems that way when you watch the telly and visit the shops or speak to some family members, especially the children.
Jesus received gifts. The wise men brought presents to him, and very expensive ones at that: gold and frankincense and myrrh. No teddies, rattles or hand knitted booties for this little babe.
But it appears that as soon as the wise men entered the house where Jesus was and before they could offer their gifts to him, they immediately fell down and worshipped him.
This reminds me of the time Judas brought the soldiers to the garden where Jesus was. When the soldiers said they were looking for Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus responded with ‘I am he,’ and ‘they drew back and fell to the ground’ (John 18:6). And in Revelation chapters four and five, the elders and living creatures are in a constant state of worship of Jesus Christ, the Lamb on the throne.
It seems then that even as a baby, Jesus had the majesty, the command and the authority he had as a hunted man, and later after his death, resurrection and ascension, as the glorified and exalted Christ, the Lamb of God.
So, the wise men first worshipped Christ, then they offered their gifts.
What suitable gift could we buy for our Lord Jesus this Christmas? What could we possibly give to our God who created all things and owns the cattle on a thousand hills? What could we possibly give to the King of kings and the Lord of lords?
Perhaps we should come as the wise men, the soldiers, the inhabitants of heaven, and the humble little drummer boy and fall at the feet of our sovereign Lord and offer our worship and adoration and praise.
Little drummer boy Boney M