In the spirit of Christmas I read Matthew’s narrative of Jesus’ birth in my study bible. This is a very familiar story in which wise men from the East come to see Jesus and worship him, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
Upon further reading, I learned that the wise men, or magi, traveled a great distance to see Jesus. Not only was their journey long, it was also very dangerous. Still, they came because they believed. When they found him, they gave precious gifts befitting a king.
What is our response to Jesus? Do we passionately and diligently seek him? What gifts do we offer him? The magi went on a long and dangerous journey to find Jesus so that they could worship him and offer their gifts — and they were pagan. Surely, we should show this kind of faith and devotion to Jesus.
In this busy holiday season, amid the shopping and the wrapping and the feasting, take time to seek him with the same passion that the wise men did. Go all out. Worship him as king, and live in his peace.