“And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh.” (Matthew 2:11 NASB)
Each year as I decorate the Christmas tree I come across my favorite ornament. It’s a three dimensional ornament of the three wise men or magi as some call them. It’s kind of cool because when you put a light on the bottom, the background is reflected and a sunburst appears. I love this ornament because it represents men in search of a king. They were not Jewish men but they knew the prophecies about the Messiah and the star that would brightly shine over the place of His birth. They knew the story, saw the star and chose to go in search of the King.
The scriptures share very little about the magi. The general consensus is that they were astronomers from Persia. They saw a bright star, and as scientists wanted to prove their theory or so they thought. Instead, they got the experience of a lifetime. They were privileged to see Jesus. And when they saw Him, “they fell down and worshiped Him.” Can you imagine their excitement as they witnessed the very thing they read about? Here they were, traveling for miles and miles because of a star and in the end, they got Jesus. They worshipped the King of Kings. They presented their gifts to the Lord of all. I don’t think they, in their wildest of dreams would have expected what they received. I believe their lives were changed forever.
We, like the magi, go in search of many things. We search for security, so we build our bank accounts. We search for love, so we grasp at the first person that comes along. We search for contentment, so we spend our days trying to make a comfortable life for ourselves. We search for healing only to mask that which is causing us pain. Our whole lives we search but find only temporary relief. We are never truly satisfied until we find Jesus.
When we search with the depths of our hearts we realize that the answer to all of our longings is Jesus. We humbly bow and worship only Him because He is the One who brings complete healing. He is the One who is in control therefore bringing us peace. He is the One we should be building our lives around. Once we find Him, our lives are never again lived for earthly gain. They are lived to build His kingdom. And in so doing, we are satisfied completely.
”And you will seek Me and you find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NASB)
Lord, help us to be a people who search for You. When we find You may we fall on our knees and worship you.