I am preparing for the celebration of Christmas this Advent through the Journey to Bethlehem, a free online Advent guide from Scripture Union USA. It is a 26 day journey ending on Christmas Day.
Day 17 of the Journey to Bethlehem is titled The Magi’s Worship.
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 and of incense and of myrrh. (Matthew 2:11)Much of my worship of Jesus comes from my knowledge of his life here on earth. Much of it comes from what I know Jesus did. How He acted. What He said. His love. His sacrifice at the cross to take away my sin. His resurrection from the dead. This knowledge brings me to worship. My worship comes out of what He has done.
In this account we see worship that comes out of simply the presence of Jesus. The Magi, knowing little if anything about what Jesus would do, fell down and worshiped Him.
Lord, I desire to offer more of this kind of worship.
P.S. Here is a link to the previous days of my Journey to Bethlehem.