Epiphany–Wise Men Still Worship

MagiIllustration:  “Journey of the Magi” by James Tissot, c. 1894.  Oil on canvas.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him’” (Matthew 2:1-2).

Today we celebrate the Epiphany of Our Lord, the day that Magi from the east followed a star and came in search of Messiah. Not only were they students of astronomy, but also of God’s promises. Perhaps they had prepared for this time with those Hebrew Scriptures that were translated into Greek before Christ’s birth. No matter how they knew, God’s promises of a Messiah were clearly communicated to those outside of Israel. The Magi traveled to Jerusalem in search of the King, bringing Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  It was their way of answering the Psalmist’s cry, “May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!  May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” (Psalm 72:10-11).   It was their way of worshipping this infant incarnation of God.

Like the Magi, you and I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn about God’s promises to send a Savior. God has given us faith to recognize that Jesus is the Promised One. Also like the Magi, God’s love in Jesus inspires us to worship Him. As you gather with other Christians today to worship Jesus, offer your most precious gift—yourself, committed anew to His mission.

Prayer: Bless us today, Lord, forgiving us all our sins, renewing us by the power of the Holy Spirit, and strengthening us for the world to come. In Jesus name. Amen.

As We Wait: Thank you so much for taking this Advent, Christmas and Epiphany journey with me.  I hope you have enjoyed the artwork of faithful people from many generations.  And I hope you have been blessed by these daily devotions.  In celebration of Christ’s revelation to all the world, both Jew and Gentile, set aside a gift today to support those in the mission field.

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