All that glitters…!
Reading: Matthew 2 v 9 - 12
We’ve already established Jesus was born a king and the first gift presented to Jesus by the Magi, fittingly, was gold. In ancient custom, it was unthinkable to approach a king without a gift and what better gift than the king of metal - gold.
I wonder if Mary cast her mind back nine months to the incredible conversation with Gabriel. As the gold was left gently as the feet of Jesus did Gabriel’s words resound in her heart: “….You will be with child and give Him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; His kingdom will never end.”
We don't know if Jospeh was familiar with the writings of Isaiah but if he was, did the old prophet’s words bubble up into his heart too, almost mirroring the words of Gabriel to Mary: ‘Of the increase of His government there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing it and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.’
Taking this moment with the Magi, together with the encounter with Gabriel and past prophecies, we can be confident that Mary and Jospeh knew this was no ordinary child. Before them lay a king, the incarnate God born to rule in righteousness forever.
Today, don’t allow Jesus to become less than he is. He is royalty. He is the worlds longest serving monarch. He was and is and will always be the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
With that in mind, let’s understand Jesus is not a cuddly toy, He's not our butler nor is He our boyfriend or best friend. Jesus is God. Approach him with respect, honour and give him your obedience.
‘Dear God, thank you that your word confirms who Jesus really is. With that in mind, let me approach Him reverently, with humility and honour. Help me understand Jesus still rules today. Help that truth bring peace to my heart regardless of what’s going on around me, Amen.’