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Seeing Jesus: Will We Choose to Worship Him?

God sees.

He sees who others miss. The unnoticed. The unacknowledged. The undervalued. The unloved.

He saw the wise men. Pagan astrologers from the east. Scholarly foreigners from an enemy land. Seekers of Jesus, of whom little else is known.

And God sees you (II Chronicles 16:9).

Would you take a moment to let that truth sink in? God sees you. Yes, you. Right now. Your heart. Your worries. Your circumstances. The number of hairs on your head.

And God yearns for you to see Him. To notice Him. To acknowledge Him. To value Him. To love Him.

That’s why He sent Jesus as the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature (Hebrews 1:3). God with skin.

But how? How do we see Jesus?

The wise men show us how.

The magi saw a star in the East, and their quest for the King of the Jews led them to Jerusalem, where they inquired of Herod about the whereabouts of the Christ child. Disturbed, Herod learned of the prophecies from the chief priests and directed the wise men to Bethlehem. To the immense delight of the magi, the star they had seen in the East went before them until it stood over the house of Mary and Joseph.

Like Mary, the wise men chose to believe.

The magi were not merely fascinated with an extraordinary sign in the heavenlies, but with the meaning of the star. As foreigners, they believed in the King of the Jews long before most Israelites recognized who He was. Ironically, pagan astrologers informed Herod, the king, of the game-changing birth in his own country.   

Like the shepherds, the wise men chose to find Jesus.

The magi did not settle for a star. Their belief in who the star represented motivated a vigilant search. “Where is he?” became their dominant preoccupation as they gathered exquisite treasures and set out to find the Christ child for themselves. If the wise men traveled from Persia, the distance would have been over 1400 miles to Bethlehem. 

But why? What was the purpose of the wise men’s long, strenuous, and costly journey?

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the East and have come to worship Him. (Matthew 2:2 NASB)

The magi set out on their long, strenuous, and costly journey with one aim in mind.

To worship Jesus.

And after they came into the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary; and they fell down and worshiped Him. (Matthew 2:11 NASB)

What a sight that must have been! Grown men from a foreign land were lying face down before the Christ child as a toddler. Jesus was over one decade away from astounding the rabbi in the temple with his wisdom. He was over three decades away from his first miracle. But the magi honored Jesus’ deity when He was only one or two years old. They worshipped Him for who He was before they saw what He would do.

How do we see Jesus?

We choose to worship Him.

Worship redirects our attention, away from ourselves and our circumstances, to the Lord God Almighty. Worship reminds us that no matter what we are facing, Jesus is always greater.

Nothing prepares and positions our hearts to see Jesus more than worship.

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise! (Revelation 5:12 NIV)

Reflection Questions:

  • Will you choose to worship God for who He is? Right now? In this very moment?
  • By faith, will you choose to worship Jesus before you see how He will answer your prayers? Before your problems are solved?
  • Following the example of the wise men (Matthew 2:11), what gift(s) will you offer Jesus this year?
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