Advent Week 4: Day 1

When reading this passage, people often focus on the Magi, who they were and where they came from. But the real focus should be on Jesus, the one whom the Magi came so far to worship. What kind of baby could prompt people from across the globe to come to his birth via a celestial guide?

Read: Matthew 2:1-12

Explore

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and king over Israel. Yet foreigners from the east are led by God to worship him. What does this tell us about who is welcome in Jesus’ kingdom?

Apply

Not everyone is excited by Jesus’ birth. Herod is threatened by Jesus because he might be a political rival. We too sometimes feel threatened by Jesus’ rule. Where in your life do you struggle to let Jesus have authority?

The Magi submit themselves to Jesus in worship. In Romans 12, Paul writes, ‘offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship’. What would it look like for you to worship Jesus with all of your life?

Pray

Father, thank you that Jesus was a Messiah not only for Jews, but also for gentiles. Thank you for revealing your grace to me in Jesus. Forgive me for the times I ignore Jesus’ kingship over my life. Soften my heart towards you and help me to surrender all of my life to the loving rule of Jesus. When I struggle, move in me by your Spirit to have an increased knowledge of your love, so that I may trust in you all the more. To the glory of the one who reigns, now and forever, Amen.

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