Everyone is invited to worship the King.
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“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jew? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2 English Standard Version
Don’t you hate it when people show up at your house without an invitation?
Probably most of you reading this blog are fine with uninvited guests. Okay, so I struggle a bit with people who show up at my doorstep like Steve Urkel. I wonder how Mary and Joseph felt when the Magi appeared.
How many wise men were there? Where did they come from? Were they kings? Did they ride camels? There are so many unanswered questions that surround these men. (Were there any women in the party?)
What we know is what they did.
Today is Epiphany when we remember the Magi traveling a great distance to see the King. These Magi were actually invited guests.
This baby is born for all people, even the wise men, even you and me.
They knew what they were doing and why they were doing it. Even though they may not have been Jewish, they knew that they had come to worship the King who was. I’m assuming that they didn’t have all their theology straight, but these invited guests saw Jesus and they worshiped.
I pray that we see Jesus and worship him because we, like the Magi, are invited guests.
Copyright Douglas P Brauner