“They (Magi) saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.” Matthew 2:11
Read this verse over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
Tomorrow is the Epiphany, the time we celebrate the coming of the Magi to see baby Jesus. Things we may not know from the stories we have been told. Magi stands for men of science from a foreign land, sometimes called magicians. These were men from the east. Could be kings or noblemen. They were educated and studied the stars. The number is unknown. We know there was at least two and could be many. It is assumed to be 3 because of the 3 gifts they gave Jesus. Jesus was probably around two years old at this time. According to the time that the magi saw the star it was two years prior which may be how long it took them to travel. There is no indication that they were Jews, so this is the first sign that Jesus came to save the gentiles too.
The gifts the magi gave are significant. First, the word for gifts can also be translated as sacrifices. The three gifts were no coincident. They have great meaning. Gold is for a king. It is tribute for someone greater than they, a ruler of men. Frankincense, or incense, is used in priestly ceremony representing that Jesus is a priest. Myrrh is a perfume used in embalming the dead, foreshadowing Christ’s death.
When the Magi found Jesus, they fell down and worshipped Him. Men of science worshiped Jesus, a baby or toddler. The significance of this is profound. The word for worship here is interesting. One meaning is to kiss, like a dog licking the hand of its master. It is a word describing complete reverence. Jesus was their master, their King. It is a reaction of almost groveling. It is an acknowledgment that they are but dogs and Jesus is their master. Do you have this attitude toward Jesus?
Today we often understand Jesus as our best friend. Someone we can do anything with. While this is a great way to think about living in grace it misses the point. Jesus is more. He is worthy of our worship. We are but dogs, unworthy of being treated like equals. Yet Jesus came to serve us. That is the example that He set. We are to serve others as He served us. They may not deserve our service. That doesn’t matter. They may be dogs compared to who we are, but Jesus gave them value by dying for them and for us. We all have great value because of that sacrifice. Therefore, Jesus is more than just a friend. He is our mentor, our king, our ruler, our God, our redeemer, our sacrifice. He is our master and Lord. He is worthy of our service and worship.