January 14, 2022

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. – Matthew 2:1-9
This text asks the poignant question: what do you do after you find Jesus? After Christmas you can worship Him. Verse three of the text says: we saw His star in the East and we have come to worship Him. There are two components to worship: adoration and services. One aspect of worship notes the worthiness of a being to receive special honor. In that sense worship might be denoted as pure adoration. That’s what the wise men did when they finally found Jesus. They adored Him! They contemplated His perfection and prostrated themselves before Him. They praised Him for His goodness and His greatness. They gave Him precious gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh. But worship requires more than adoration. Worship requires committed service. After Christmas its not enough to recognize Jesus as one worthy of adoration we must serve Him. We must be willing to do His will His way. After Christmas you can serve Him after you find Him. That’s what the wise men did, they served Jesus after they adored Jesus. How do you know that? The text tells us that before they found Jesus they visited Herod who was also looking for Jesus not to worship Him but to kill Him. Herod asked the wise man to let him know of Jesus’ location once they found Him and they agreed. When they found Jesus after Christmas they fully committed to Him. So committed to Jesus were they that they disobeyed Herod and did not tell him of Jesus’ location. They returned to Persia without going back to Herod’s palace because they were warned not to do so. That’s what you can do after Christmas.
Once you find Jesus you can go another way.  Will you worship him? Will you go another way?
Yours In Community Transformation.

 Rev. Gillard S. Glover

 

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