“After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
To the natural eye he was simply a baby, but these great kings of the earth fell to the ground and worshiped Him. They saw the King of the Universe and bowed low.
Each year we celebrate Christmas we are reminded how the Creator of All chose to enter the world as the Savior of All mankind. The inconspicuous manger scene urges us to recall our own humble beginnings and bids us to kneel before the Babe of Bethlehem.
From there it is easier to accept the truth that the Kingdom of heaven is for the lowly and the simple. Our hearts are quieted and comforted that Jesus looks upon us as His very own and His desire is that we live in simple and pure devotion to Him.
Our response is much like the ‘magi from the east.’ With our hearts bowed before the Christ-Child King we open our treasures and present them to Him. We offer our gifts: gold (our money), frankincense (our adoration and worship) and myrrh (our willingness to lay down our lives to live for Him instead).
In being reminded of Jesus’ humble birth, we are invited to let go of the complexities of our lives that are drowning out His still, small voice. We remember that ‘only one thing is necessary,’ and like Mary of Bethany, we choose ‘the good part, which shall not be taken away’ from us.
Lord, thank You for giving us such a profound reminder that we are called to simplicity and that we are created to worship You and You alone. May our lives be poured out for You and Your glory. Amen.