Advent ~ day 22 ~ The Magi, part 2
And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.” After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. (Matthew 2:8-12 NASB)
As I look at the Magi story again, we see a profound statement phrase uttered by Herod, “Go and search carefully for the child”. Even from un-sanctified lips God releases words that have life. But this is typical of God, He is not limited by man and their degree of sanctification (that is not an excuse to sin but a demonstration of His power to speak to unbelieving hearts) , He breaks in on the Magi, new age mystics , unbelievers captured by the revelation in the sky. He has spoken with Shepherds, through angels, and He speaks with us. God is not limited by our humanity to speak into our situation, he is more interested in our hearts ability to seek after him, though with that will come a desire to walk and talk as Jesus did.
Back to the story…
Herod is intrigued but because of his insecurity, fears and need of power he cannot see clearly. Yet this statement from Herod is something that we all need to do, it is from wrong motives but no matter, we all need to search carefully for Jesus until we find Him.
When the Magi find Jesus they gave the only response that is necessary, they worshipped and gave gifts. I think this too should be our response, when we find Him, bring your worship, bring your gifts. Now I am not talking about earthly gifts particularly, though we will talk about that in a minute. The gifts we bring are our hearts, our thankfulness, our words of praise, our time. These are things that are more precious than anything money can buy and the Lord who sees the heart in seeking after Him will reward you. Though it isn’t about the reward, it is a clear biblical truth that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). There is however a place for bringing our literal treasure, as the Magi did, for where your treasure is your heart will be also. What you do with your money is a litmus test of your heart condition and something we need to think about, it has to be a gift birthed from our heart.
The Magi sought out Jesus and did the only appropriate thing when they found Him, they worshipped and gave gifts. It’s the first Christmas and they worship and give gifts to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, maybe this should become a tradition?