“Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is he who has been born.
We have seen his Star and have come to worship him.'” (Matthew 2:11)
When I was a child, I often watched adults play dominoes. From a child’s perspective, it seemed like they played dominoes constantly. I learned the fundamentals of this cognitive diversion at an early age and became a very good domino player.
When I was a bit older, I competed in a tournament. Crowds came from miles around, eager to demonstrate their skills. My partner and I competed in game after game, day and night, until better players won out. Like the adults in my childhood days, I became devoted to playing dominoes.
At Christmas, crowds of worshipers gather to participate in Christmas or Advent services. Churches provide additional services and chairs to accommodate the overflow of worshipers. Many who have not attended a worship service in months will be present at Christmas with their entire families. Certainly, worship is an appropriate response to the Advent of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The Bible says,
Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born King of the Jews? We have seen his Star and have come to worship him” and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him (Matthew 2:2, 11).
An old Persian legend tells about the reactions of the Wise Men after their visit with Christ. The youngest saw in Christ the promise, beauty and joy of youth; the middle-aged saw in Him the enduring resilience of the good life; and the eldest saw in Him the beginning of an eternity of which he would soon be a part. Each person finds in Christ the promise and hope that surrounds his or her deepest needs.
Like me, everyone has a need to be devoted to something be it sports, politics, a favorite charity, family or self. In my youth dominoes once satisfied that need in my life. Unfortunately, none of these, while valuable, can satisfy the real need of the heart.
God’s gift of love to us – his Son – is the only one that can satisfy the desires of every human heart. Fellowship with family and friends, though important, won’t do it; Christmas gifts that grow old and worn with the passing of months won’t do it; a new car or new clothes won’t do it; nor will additional things satisfy us. He (alone) satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry with goodness (Psalm 107:9).
The good news of Christmas is that everyone who desires can find satisfaction of their deepest need in Jesus. I have found satisfaction in Him. I still like to play dominoes, but I am no longer devoted to it. I am devoted to Jesus. He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
Wise Men worshiped Him. This Christmas, what will your response be?
The first lady, Pamela, and I wish you a hopeful, peaceful, joyful, and love-filled Christmas!