Advent 2014 – 1 day ’til Christmas

Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him… And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him. Matthew 2:2, 11


How easy would it be to enter the courts of His Majesty, the King of the universe? How unproblematic it would be to bow the knee to the mighty King of kings and Lord of lords when he is regaled in royal robes, shining as bright as the sun, attended by myriads of angels and loyal subjects.

No questions asked or answered: we honour the honourable, we worship him who is worthy. No need to struggle with humility; our position before the King is obvious.

How about paying the same respect and homage to the child of an unmarried mother, from very poor and humble circumstances, his parents hailing from the northern regions of Israel: Nazareth (‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ asked Nathanial), from a country as insignificant as Israel was?

wise menWise men from the east did just that. We are not told much of these men in the Bible, however, it is fairly safe to assume that they were people of note and wealthy because of the gifts they brought and the distance travelled.

They saw nothing of his poverty and humble status, nothing of his nationality. They saw only a sovereign, a king worthy of worship: the King of the Jews. Their immediate reaction on seeing the child Jesus was to fall down and worship him.

We the ‘wise’ of this world can do no better than the wise men of the east than worship the King who was born into this world, was crucified, dead, buried, resurrected, ascended to heaven and now sits at the right hand of his Father from where:

…he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Revelation 1:7

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!

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