|Adoration of the Magi By Leonardo da Vinci|
|Procession of the Magi Basilica Sant' Apollinaire Nuovo 5th Cent.|
This brings me to the reason that I write today. It is not about the Three Kings, Wise Men, Magi, or whatever you want to call them. It is about worship and what these men knew to do. They had only three things, A Star, A Prophecy, and Insight (lets call it Spiritual Wisdom), oh and some camels. They knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that this new baby that was to be born would be the "King of the Jews", and so they dropped their lives for several years (to travel there and back again might have taken up to 4 years) to worship that newborn king. Like these men they brought a sacrifice of worship, and we should also daily "come to WORSHIP Him" So this holiday is perfectly appropriate so that we can also remember men who sacrificed a lot to come and worship the one who was born King of the Jews. Here is a pretty accurate depiction of what it might have been like (although I think they visited Jesus maybe a couple years after his birth. Nonetheless this is a very nice dramatic portrayal of the nativity). It might help us also come near to the one who was born King of the Jews.
So take time today and worship with your gift of Gold for the King of Kings (Revelation 19:16), and with Frankincense worship the Great High Priest who makes intercession for us (Hebrews 4:14-16), and with your offering of Myrrh worship Him for His precious sacrifice in which you were buried with Christ, but raised like him to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4 Colossians 2:12). This is a nice rendition also of the famous hymn "We Three Kings." Blessings as you come closer, like the Three Kings did, to the true and majestic King of Kings, High Priest, and perfect sacrificial Lamb of God.