Read – Matthew 2:1-2, 11 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.”
On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
“We have come to worship him.”
In the first week of our series, we talked about Mary and Joseph, two people who were willing to say yes to God. Last week we talked about the shepherds and those who were willing to share the story. The next figures in our nativity are the wise men. They have come to worship. If the other characters teach us who is invited to the Christmas Table, (everyone!), the wise men inform us what we do once we’ve taken our seats.
This week we will be thinking about worship. What is worship? How do we do it? Why? Where? When? Today we will stick with the easy question: who?
We worship the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Christmas is such an important time because we celebrate God the Father sending the Messiah, Jesus, to earth as fully man and fully God. Jesus not only saved the Jews who had expected Him for hundreds of years, but all of creation. The mass of Christ celebrates God’s fulfillment of the covenant. Every human attempt to honor God had failed, so He had to send someone to do it for us. Our response is to worship God our King, Jesus our Savior, and the Holy Spirit who lives in us!