Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Magi Worship Jesus, Offering Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh - Matthew 2:11-12 Bible Commentary

And going into the house they [the Magi] 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. (Matthew 2:11)
After two years of intense travel, the Magi finally arrived. What the Magi longed for— what they yearned for and so desperately sought after, they finally obtained: a glimpse of the new King. All they could do was fall down in worship.

Had their worship been directed towards anyone else, it would have been blasphemous. But before them there was a sight that few in history have ever had the privilege of beholding: God Himself in human flesh— fully God, and yet fully man.

The sweet simplicity of it all must have fueled the Magi's adoration. God had humbled Himself, becoming a man. Though His face did not shine— for His glory was veiled— the Magi knew, to some extent, what was before them.

The Magi offered to Christ their precious treasures. They gave (to the One who owns all things) gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Never had these Magi been so in tune with divine, heavenly things. Never before had they so firmly set their eyes on eternity.

The Magi provide for us a picture of true worship. They bowed their knee to the young Christ, offering to Him the best of what they had brought on their journey. If the Magi rejoiced exceedingly with great joy (Matthew 2:10) when they saw the star appear, what words can describe their joy when they actually saw the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords?
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. (Matthew 2:12)
When that majestic, breathtaking day came to an end, the Magi laid down to rest. The dream that came to them from God Himself would scarcely have seemed out of place in light of all they had witnessed that day.

When the Magi awoke, they escaped from the hand of Herod by the grace of God. The Magi departed to their country, doubtless telling all those whom they met on the way all that they had seen and experienced.

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