Reflection: Characters of Christmas: Magi
Abundant joy is found in meeting Jesus! Just look at the wise men. Matthew tells us that, on seeing the child, these men rejoiced. Then Matthew adds, they rejoiced with joy. They were doubly joyful. More than that, they rejoiced with great joy. They were triply joyful. But there’s even more joy because “they rejoiced with great joy exceedingly. They were qradruply joyful. The long and arduous journey was more than worth it.
In their joy, they bowed down and worshipped. They offered expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These were the sort of gifts one royal court would send to another. There and then the humble room of a Judean village house became the throne room of a King.
Seven hundred years before, Isaiah had prophesied, “Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn…bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.” (60:3). In that moment Scripture was fulfilled.
Exceeding joy and generous worship are the right responses to meeting the King of Kings.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in a world where “sin and sorrows grow and thorns infest the ground” joy is often in short supply. As I remember the coming of our King, fill me and all your people with great and exceeding joy. Amen.