It is hard to believe we are already in the last few days of Advent. The waiting is almost over.
I had been reading in the Gospel of Luke as of late and moved into the Gospel of Matthew yesterday. It was there the wise men grabbed my attention. These wise men:
- They followed the star to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9)
- Their hearts were filled with joy (verse 10)
- They bowed down to worship at the sight of this new family (verse 11a)
- They gave their gifts and their gifts were extravagant (verse 11b)
Jesus was worshiped by these wise men, who Scripture tells us “came from the east” (Matthew 2:1). It is likely they were Gentiles. They came and they worshiped.
One commentary said they pointed to the truth that Jesus would be worshiped by all nations. This brought to mind:
“Therefore God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2: 9-11, NLT)
His Name above every other name.
Every knee will bow – in heaven and on earth and under the earth. May we remember this when we need to press on in prayer and wage battle in this life.
Every tongue will confess that Christ is Lord. Every single tongue. Every tongue and tribe. No matter the country. No matter the continent.
May we be like these wise men and follow where He leads, giving our all, and so our hearts will be filled with great joy.
All to the glory of God the Father.