“When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 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 frankincense and of myrrh.” – Matthew 2:10-11 NIV
When we think of the wise men who visited Jesus, we normally picture the gifts of gold, frankincense, and (my personal favorite) myrrh that they brought. But if you look closer, you will realize that the real story of the wise men is not found in what they gave, but in what they received. Look at what happened after they acknowledged the star that would lead them to Jesus: Matthew writes, “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed!” You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to get it! They were filled with joy and emotion because they were going to do what all of us are created to do – they were submitting to Jesus and worshiping the King!
If you’ve never encountered Christ, the good news today is that He waits for you, desiring to give you a life of deep joy and satisfaction…and an eternity with Him. That’s the good news of Christmas. But if you do know Christ, rejoice that every day you have the privilege of worshiping the King. And one day we will join the everlasting, eternal song that will never end as we see Him crowned the King of Kings and Lord of all!