And going into the house they [the wise men] 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
We have much to learn about worship from the wise men that visited Mary and the newborn Jesus. We believe they traveled a long distance to see the Christ child and were familiar with the writings of the prophet Daniel who provided a timeline for the birth of the Messiah (Daniel 9:24-27).
While on the journey looking for the King of the Jews, the wise men followed “His star” (Matthew 2:2); they discussed the birth of Christ with King Herod and were directed to Bethlehem (Matthew 2:4-8); they followed God’s guidance with great joy (Matthew 2:10); and they listened to God in a dream against returning to Herod (Matthew 2:12).
As we think about our worship during Advent season, consider how the wise men worshipped: 1) they read and believed God’s Word; 2) they earnestly sought Jesus; 3) they immediately recognized the worth of Christ; 4) they humbled themselves before Him; 5) and they listened and obeyed God rather than man.