Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 15th

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Worthy of Worship. Matthew 2:2 “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.”

Matthew 2:1-12 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east of 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 Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, in Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, God and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they 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. And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.” The Magi, who are often called “Wise Men,” certainly did have some things together. They studied the heavens, searching for signs, and when they saw a sign that pointed to Christ, they followed it far and wide until it led them to where He was. Unlike the shepherds who went to see “this thing” of which they had been told, the wise men went looking for a king. The shepherds came to see Him; the wise men came to worship.

You see, they recognized something very special about Jesus. He had been born a king: He would not become one. He was not like Herod, who feared for his throne. At birth, Jesus was already a king, and His kingdom would never end. Though the wise men met with Herod, they worshiped Christ.

That’s what is really astonishing about the wise men. They traveled all that way with one thing in mind: worship. They didn’t bring a list of requests; they brought gifts. They realized He was worthy, worthy of the journey they made and the risks they took. He was worthy of worship.

He still is, you know. He is much more than just our “Phone-a-Friend,” who throws us a lifeline then leaves us to sort it all out on our own. He’s the God who already has it all sorted out. Today, we can learn a little wisdom from the wise men. Worship. He is worthy.

Today, spend time in prayer doing nothing but praising Him. Rather than seek things from His hand, seek His face. If you’re able, bow down before Him, even if all you can do is lay your head on the table in front of you. Spend a few minutes before the throne of the King. Worship him where He is.

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