- Religion and Philosophy
They Came To worship
Were Did We Go Wrong ?
Matthew 2: 1-2, 10-11,
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, " Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Christmas is for many of us, the most wonderful holiday season of the year.There is, without a doubt, a magic in the air at Christmas time. Love and well-wishes fill our hearts. Even during our time of hustle and bustle, scrambling to find that perfect gift for the ones we love and cherish, we find it in our hearts to give support to others, and to different charities.
I was blown away, or maybe I should just tell it like it is, I was truly offended by many businesses and corporations this year. I know that every year, businesses have used the day after Thanksgiving, "Black Friday," to begin advertising their holiday blow-out sales. They have, down through the years, used print media, as well as television advertising. Every commercial that's played has been specifically designed to draw us in to consumerism. We know it's coming, we are expecting it, some are even looking forward to it. What offended me this year, is that before they began to run their advertisements concerning Black Friday, they had already begun sneaking in subtle images of Ol St. Nick. Before we had bowed our collective heads around the table and prayed, thanking God for His bountiful harvest and His goodness towards us, we were already being presented with Christmas in the form of materialism.
They gave us just enough, before Thanksgiving, to whet our whistles, and to create a sense of longing and desire, thereby prompting us to partake in the yearly activity of Christmas Shopping.
Were did we go wrong? I pose this question to Saints and Sinners, Saved and Unsaved. Did we truly miss the real reason for keeping up certain traditions? Did the giving of gifts to Jesus by these wise men over-shadow the things that should be important to us, especially Christians. To put it bluntly, " Their Giving Was A Part Of Their Worship."
They Came To Worship
If we are set on taking our example from these wise men, then let us also be diligent in doing what these wise men did.
We know that they were men from the east. They were neither Christian nor Jew, they were Gentiles. Some say they were Arabians, Persians, or Syrians. Some say they were themselves kings, philosophers, or astrologers.
I think it's safe to say, that they saw the same star that was seen by the shepherds at the birth of Jesus, and they traveled for nearly two years, to come and Worship Him. These men didn't have bibles proclaiming the coming of a Savior. They probably only had heard writings from the Torah, or writings of Isaiah, or some other major prophet. Yet, they knew from the star, that God had sent the Promised one into the world, and they came to Worship.
Yes, they brought treasures. And they presented to him gifts: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. They presented him gifts, Gold as King of kings, Frankincense as our High Priest and Intercessor, and Myrrh as our Savior and Redeemer.
It is of the utmost importance, that we see and understand, that they came to Worship. It is important for us to understand, that giving truly is a part of Worship. Let's take a lesson from these wise men, and Worship Him, our King, our High Priest, and our Savior. Peace.