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
Finally, 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 either for that matter. It is all about the presents.
Well, that’s the way it seems when you watch the telly and visit the shops.
The wise men brought presents to the baby Jesus, so Jesus received gifts too – and very expensive ones at that. But it appears that as soon as the wise men entered the house they immediately fell down and worshipped him.
This reminds me of time when 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 fell down and worshipped 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 and resurrection, as the glorified Christ, the Lamb of God.
So, the wise men worshipped Christ, then gifts were offered.
What 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, with nothing to give but our worship and adoration and praise.
Little drummer boy Boney M