Today is our final day studying the people of the Nativity Story, each responded well to the best gift of all -- Jesus.
Let's read Matthew 2:1-12.
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
The Magi recognized
the gift, sought Him and brought Him their most valuable gifts.
At this point in the story, Jesus is a young toddler (possibly 1-2 years old). The Magi, wise-men, traveled a long distance to find their Messiah and followed a star. They visited Herod to find out where He was. When they found him, they fell to their knees in grateful worship and presented them their finest gifts. Gold for the king, Frankincense for his deity, and Myrrh to signify death.
The Magi sought Jesus. So often we expect Jesus to come to us, answer our prayers, do what we want. The Magi give us a good picture of how we should approach our Messiah, with grateful praise and adoration, bringing him our best gifts. What gifts can we provide?
What are your gifts? Your time. Your talent. Your money. What are you withholding from Jesus? The Magi gave their very best.
Let's be like the Magi this Christmas and seek Him and bring Him our very best.
Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life. #tribekoko
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