Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Now why does Peter say, “Rejoice…that you participate in the sufferings of Christ?” Because if you share in his sufferings, you will also share in his glory (4:13). Christ was despised and rejected in this world, but now...
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. Matthew 2:1
According to tradition, the wise men who worshiped Jesus were themselves kings. The Bible does not specifically say that they were kings, but there is good biblical reason to believe that they were.
In the book of Psalms we read about kings bringing gifts to the Lord: “Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings shall bear gifts to you” (Psa. 68:29). And later in the Psalms we have this prayer: “May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!” (Psa. 72:10).
Believing that the Bible is the Word of God, it is natural for us to ask, “When did this happen? How did kings from the nations bring gifts to the Lord?” And it is very reasonable to see the prophecy of Psalm 68 fulfilled, and the prayer of Psalm 72 answered, in the story of the wise men who worshiped Jesus and opened their treasures to honor him with their gifts.
This story is not so much about the kings as it is about the King! The wise men went on their journey in order to worship Jesus. May you also come to worship the King this Christmas season.
Pray that the Holy Spirit would awaken within your heart a fresh outpouring of love for Christ, joy in Christ, and commitment to Christ as the King.