If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi
from the east came to Jerusalem 2 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.” 3
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When
he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked
them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied,
“for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of
Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come
a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly
and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to
Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him,
report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king,
they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them
until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they
were overjoyed. 11 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. 12 And having been
warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another
1. The word “worship” occurred three times in this passage. The wise men knew
Jesus as “the one who has been born king of the Jews”. And they came all the
way “to worship him.”
2. Worship isn’t a private matter between individuals and God only. It is not God’s
intention for you to enjoy his love and forgiveness in private. Worship integrates
our relationship with God as well as that among believers. In worship, we
become one body to love, to forgive and to serve.
3. How’s your worship? Do you enjoy God’s love and his forgiveness in worship?
Do you become part of the body with other saints? Is there any obstacle that is
hindering you worship God totally?
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 1:7-9
As a family, try to imagine the night Jesus was born. Show some pictures
of Jesus’ birth. Sing a verse of “O little town of Bethlehem” (even if it’s not
Christmas time.) Let each one thank God for sending Jesus.