Note: We will be examining each of the characters from the Christmas story found in Matthew 1–3 and Luke 1–3 on the blog this month. I’d love for you to grab your Bible and read those passages before digging into these posts.
With less than ten days until Christmas, life seems to be picking up speed. There are still presents to buy, cookies to bake, parties to attend… In the midst of it all, my heart keeps bringing up this question, But what should I do for Jesus?
The most important part of Christmas is the celebration of His birth, after all. Should I throw Him a birthday party? Buy goats for the needy in His honor? Sing “Away In a Manger” at the top of my lungs? Make a point to frown upon the commercialization of Christmas?
What’s the best way to honor Jesus this Christmas?
The answer comes from three guys so wise they’ve gone down in history as the Wise Men. Let’s revisit their story told in Matthew 2:1–2:
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.”
If you were reading this post on paper, I would ask you to take out a red pen and underline those last three words (to worship him). It’s probably not a good idea to mark all over your computer screen, but take note and pay attention. The wise men hold the key to unlocking what Jesus wants from us this Christmas.
The next few verses of the story talk about how enraged Herod (the king of Israel) becomes by the wise men’s arrival, because it alerts him to the fact that a new king has been born. We’ll look at Herod’s story in depth in tomorrow’s post. For now you should know that after a short detour talking to Herod, the wise men got back down to the business they had traveled so far to attend to.
After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy (Matt. 2:9–10).
Pause again. Take note.
What did the wise men do when they realized that Jesus had been born? They made plans to worship Him! Nothing could stop them. They could not be deterred. They would do whatever it took to worship the new king. And when their long journey came to an end and Jesus was finally close enough to touch, they rejoiced with great joy.
And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matt. 2:11).
They made plans to worship Jesus.
They rejoiced when they found him.
They fell down and worshiped in His presence.
They gave Him their very best.
What can you do for Jesus this Christmas?
You can worship Him.
You can refuse to let anything (parties, plans, presents) prevent you from rejoicing with great joy about the wonder of His birth.
You can give Him your best, not the stuff that’s left over after the bustle of this season.
How will you worship Jesus this Christmas? Leave me a comment below to tell me about it.