The Wise Men Worship
by Pastor Mike Eleveld
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matt 2:10-11
It’s Christmas time! I love it! I have such fond memories of Christmas, both of my childhood and with my wife and our own children. Now God has blessed me with, wait for it… grandchildren!
The stories of Christmas stir our hearts and yet they are more than cute children’s stories; they reveal a lot of truth about God, His love, and our response to Him. The passage above is about the wise men who came from the East to find the One born King of the Jews. They were not kings that are from the Christmas song, “We Three Kings.” The Bible doesn’t say that there were three of them. They were probably descendants of an ancient median tribe known for their astrology, dedication to science, and fascination with ancient prophecies. There were probably a lot of them traveling together for safety from bandits and thieves. These men traveled far, met with Herod, and now we see them come before Mary, Joseph, and the toddler, Jesus. He would have been approximately two years old at the time.
What is fascinating is their response. They fell down and worshiped Him. The text says, “fell down,” which implies a spontaneous act as opposed to a formal, calculated move. Once they saw Jesus, they found it difficult to remain standing. They fell before Him and worshiped. Jesus had not demanded their worship; the worship came spontaneously simply because of who Jesus was.
This is even more startling when we consider that these wise men were used to people paying them respect and giving way to them. People bowed in their presence because they were stately men; however, they themselves fell before Jesus and worshiped Him.
May I suggest that this is always a proper response from humans toward Jesus, to bow, to fall down, to submit to Him in worship and adoration.
This becomes even more poignant and important to addicts and alcoholics. We are used to puffing our egos and wills up, and yet the course of our recovery requires that we submit. So this Christmas, let us focus on this beautiful picture of submission and fall down in worship to our King.