Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2
The ancient middle east, when Jesus was born, was just as tumultuous and dangerous as it is today. A trip from a distant land to Jerusalem wouldn’t have been easy and perhaps not even safe. But there were men of influence and knowledge who saw a sign that compelled them to make the journey, regardless of the difficulty.
When they got to the place where Jesus was they acknowledge his authority and worshipped him. Sometimes our journey in life is difficult, even dangerous. The question is - will we recognize Jesus authority and worship him? In sorrow or joy worship has the power to breathe hope into our souls.
How will you respond to Jesus this Christmas? Will you join the wisemen and worship him as king?