Sparta Baptist Church

Advent Day 17

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“We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”  Matthew 2:2

Read Matthew 2:1-12.  The Magi, who are often called “Wise Men,” certainly did have some things together.  They studied the heavens, searching for signs, and when they saw a sign that pointed to Christ, they followed it far and wide until it led them to where He was.  Unlike the shepherds who went to see “this thing” of which they had been told, the wise men went looking for a king. The shepherds came to see Him; the wise men came to worship.

You see, they recognized something very special about Jesus.  He had been born a king; He would not become one.  He was not like Herod, who feared for his throne.  At birth, Jesus was already a king, and His kingdom would never end.  Though the wise men met with Herod, they worshiped Christ.

That’s what is really astonishing about the wise men. They traveled all that way with one thing in mind:  worship.  They didn’t bring a list of requests; they brought gifts.  They realized He was worthy, worthy of the journey they made and the risks they took.  He was worthy of worship.

He still is, you know.  He is much more than just our “Phone-a-Friend,” who throws us a lifeline then leaves us to sort it all out on our own.  He’s the God who already has it all sorted out.  Today, we can learn a little wisdom from the wise men.  Worship.  He is worthy. 

Worship:  Today, spend time in prayer doing nothing but praising Him.  Rather than seek things from His hand, seek His face.  If you’re able, bow down before Him, even if all you can do is lay your head on the table in front of you.  Spend a few minutes before the throne of the King.  Worship him where He is.

Family Focus: There are several crafts kids can do to help them remember this story.  You might make a star to hang on your Christmas tree to help them remember the wise men who worshiped Christ.  They can make a crown for the baby Jesus and place it on the head of the doll beneath your tree.  Use your imagination and let them get creative. Don’t let yourself get too busy to do these things with them.  Remember that your time is one of the greatest gifts you can give them this holiday season