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. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Not only does a journey of worship involve being sacrifice but a:
6. Journey of worship Involves submission Vs 11
They bowed down. To submission to a child doesn’t seem to make sense unless you know who that child is. We don’t like submission we don’t think it make sense we fight bowing and serving Christ but notice when they saw the star they were overjoyed when they saw Christ they bowed. The Magi were seeking the one Born KING OF THE JEWS, When you view Christ as King Submission bowing always makes sense. True worship will include an acknowledgement of God’s sovereign right of control over your life. Jesus Christ is called Lord 747 times in the New Testament. In your journey of worship do you really suppose God will let you “do it your way”? Are you prepared to do it God’s way? Submission always results in a dependence on God and an obedience to God, but it also results in us hearing God! Revelation 19:16 “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”. Such a great king deserves our loyal obedience and submission.
7. Journey of worship is always one of CHANGE. Vs 12.
Look at verse twelve with me: “Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.” Having come to know Jesus we are forbidden to return by the way we came. Isn’t it interesting that after they worshiped Jesus that they could not go back the same way that they had come? I find that to be a fact even today. Once you have met God you will never be the same. An encounter with God changes things – it changes you. It’s always been that way.
Jacob wrestled with God and never walked the same the rest of his life.
Isaiah stepped into the presence of God and proclaimed “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5 (NKJV) He was never the same again. When Job met God, he was changed despite his challenging situation. Job questions God over and over again concerning his suffering and when God shows up Job says. “I’m speechless, in awe—words fail me. I should never have opened my mouth! I’ve talked too much, way too much. I’m ready to shut up and listen.” Job 40:4-5 (MSG) That is what happens when we walk into the presence of God. We become changed. That is what happened to the wise men when they encountered Christ – they were changed. That is what happens when we encounter Christ – things become different. By obeying God and going home a different way meant more unknowns more difficulty more dependence on God. We want an encounter with God to result in an easier life, we want it to change our circumstances, but it should change us not our surroundings. When they left the house their journey of worship was not over, we make worship about the experience vs the journey, the experience changes us but it’s the journey that moves us. Like the Wise men our journey of worship is difficult but the final destination heaven is divine. Keep journeying for Jesus it will be so worth it despite the difficulties. It’s Christmas time and we hear the story of the wisemen. They were wise because they had faith, they were wise because they worshiped and they were changed forever – all because of a child. How about you? Are you looking for a change in your life? Find Christ this Christmas and I can guarantee that you will be changed. Things will be different. Step out in faith and seek Him as the wise men did.