“When [the wise men] saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy. Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” – Matthew 2:10-11
Here He is! The baby that so threatened King Herod that he issued a decree to kill all the baby boys under two years old is here, lying in a manger. They went to King Herod’s palace first because they assumed any king would be there. After all, kings belong in majesty, in lavish splendor, apart from common people and common things. They never dreamed this king would be in a barn in the middle of nowhere.
They had journeyed so far and had seen so much, carried the burden of their treasures for so long. They had hoped and feared and hoped again. They had been in a King’s presence and now they were in THE KING’s presence. Falling to their knees, they had finally seen what they had hoped for. They could open their treasures for Him. Overwhelmed with joy, these wise men could finally present their gifts to the King for which they were intended.
It is the same with us. He is here! Emmanuel, God with us is here! Although we hope and fear, we can hope again in Him. May we, like the wise men, be amazed by His presence and be overwhelmed with joy.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your fulfilled promise of Jesus. Help me see you today. Help me allow my heart to become overwhelmed with joy at the knowledge that you are here.
Author: Chelse Dyer. Wife to Bubba and Mom to Garrett and Gracie. Chelse works in the corporate marketplace and leads the Fellowship West Women’s gatherings called The Grove. She likes her dog, jeep, gardening, and recently started pursuing a new academic program at the University of Tennessee.