One of Three Kings
Traveling for days..through moonless nights and dry scorching desert…a star unlike any I have ever seen slices the night and lights the day…bringing us to this place…this humble simple place…
I lay my gift at the feet of the rough and rude bed which holds a gift more precious than the one I have just laid down. A baby…a child…a King lays on a scratchy bed of straw in a bed most likely used as a feeding trough for the neighboring animals. My gaze falls on the tiny face that, at this moment, sleeps. Peace..serenity..with each tiny breath taken.
He looks to be anything but a King. Why, to my finite eyes He appears to me little more than an infant; humble, lowly. mild. Yet something surrounds Him, bathing Him, covering Him and I find myself bowing in awe and majesty.
My gaze comes to rest upon the gift I have laid beside the manger. My traveling companions bring gold and frankincense. My gift to Him is the gift of myrrh. The rarest and most precious of spices. And also the most bitter.
Another light surrounds this Child, a light bathed in shadows. Within this crude manger there lingers a shadow of another cruel frame, a frame bearing the image of a cross. My mind struggles with this image, struggles to make sense of it. This Child, bearing the face of God Himself, has come to reconcile us onto Him. This Child, whose name means “deliverer,” will indeed one day deliver us all. The great “I Am” is among the many names He will be known by as rude and humble stables point the way to a blood stained cross. I am not worthy to kneel in His presence.
My heart swells as, once more, my eyes fall upon the baby who is now awake. His eyes meet mine and, for just a moment, I wonder if He wears a smile.
Read Scripture: Then opening their treasure bags they presented to Him gifts–gold and frankincense and myrrh. –Matthew 2:11 Amplified
Imagine: Imagine traveling for days through in anticipation to see the prophesied King. What do you think it would have been like to know that Jesus was the King of Kings and Savior of the World, yet see Him in humble surroundings? This King was special, He wasn’t being raised in a palace nor would He be waited on, He came to wait on and serve others. God, from His Heart, gave us Jesus, His love–His only Son.
Living CHRISTmas Today: Today, we cannot present these gifts to Jesus, but we can present Him gifts from the heart, such as time, obedience, praise, and worship. Do you sense God is asking a “heart gift” from you? Would you be willing to say to the Lord,”Here I am, God! I am here to present you my heart. Is there something specific you desire from me?”