and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 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, frankincense and myrrh.
Not only does a journey of worship involve faith but a:
2. Journey of worship always involves Seeking Jesus Vs 2
Worship always involves finding Jesus it’s not just a moment in time but a journey of seeking the King. What are you searching for this Christmas who are you seeking? We see in verses 4-6 that Herod knew who to seek to get the answer to find Jesus the Priests, the priests knew where to seek the bible, but neither of them went to seek Jesus. Herod pretended to be a worshiper of Jesus, but he was a worshipper of self! it’s not knowing about Jesus its Knowing Jesus and that comes as you seek Him. Matthew 7:7 tells us to seek and you will find!
3. Journey of worship always involves Determination and diligence in the search. Vs 7
We don’t know the distance of the journey, but we know it took time In Matthew 2:16 we are told that Herod decided to kill all boy children 2 years old and younger so apparently from the time the star first appeared it took them almost two years to locate where Christ was. There search was a long & diligent one. That just means they were determined to search until they found the answer. Did they ever grow tired? Were there times of sickness? Did they ever get discouraged? Did they ever feel like quitting? I suspect the answer to all these questions is “yes” – but they persevered. This wasn’t a religious fad. Nor was it a whim of the moment. They would see their search through to the end. Are you determined like that in your spiritual search? Even when their reference point was gone they kept searching. God can use anything to show you the way, He used an ungodly King and uncaring religious priests. Sometimes we get comfortable following our star and when we get in a rut, we forget others need to know about Jesus. When the star disappeared, it allowed for others to hear and decide if they would go to worship. Your journey of worship will be noticed by others some will hate it like Herod some will not care like the religious but keep living it anyway journey on!
4. Journey of worship is intentional vs 11.
A wise man’s journey is one of WORSHIP. When the wise men came on their journey it was for the purpose of worship. They brought with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. They came prepared to worship, they were intentional. We want worship to just be spontaneous and emotional. Where I can show up when it’s convenient and there is an experience provided for me. But the question shuld be what am I bringing? These gifts have a lot of symbolism associated with them. Gold represents wealth. It is a gift fit for a king. (Jesus was the King of Kings) Frankincense is the sap of a tree that was dried and hardened and used as incense to worship God. Thus, we see a gift for his deity. (Jesus was the Son of God) Myrrh is a fragrant perfume that was used to anoint the dead – to embalm and preserve them. (Jesus was The Sacrificial Lamb).
So let me ask you, who are you seeking this Christmas, are you determined and diligent in your search, how intentional is your worship?