Anticipation is something we all have experienced. An expectation and excitement that motivates us to continue forward.
The Wise Men anticipated the arrival of the King of the Jews.
These magi were scientists and scholars who studied the scriptures and prophecies foretold. These men would have had to believe in their discovery, anticipating hope in human form.
They had to put their belief into action.
They had to seek HOPE.
These magi were “From the East” yet they believed in the coming King of the Jews even before the Jews themselves.
They read of the prophecies that this Child would be the Hope of the world. The Light of the nations. The Hope for humanity.
And they wanted to see this Light with their very eyes.
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”
Their anticipation of seeing this long-awaited King would be fulfilled.
They saw what the star had meant. Not because their research had been fulfilled, not because of this spectacular natural phenomenon of a star, but because they knew that the King was born.
They’ve arrived on the doorstep. Their hearts may have been pounding, awaiting in anxious anticipation to see the fruition of the reason for their journey behind that door.
When they see Jesus the Child, after traveling many days and nights to see a King, they don't walk away with an unfulfilled expectation but it says “they fell down and worshipped Him.”
Even after observing the miraculous prophecies fulfilled, after viewing the majestic star shining bright, when they came and found a Child - they FELL DOWN and worshipped HIM.
These men traveled so far, risked so much, sacrificed so willingly to worship Jesus and present their gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh to Him.
Hope is what prompted them to seek out this Messiah.
Hope is what motivated them to endure the challenges of a long journey.
Hope is what drew them to the light.
Hope is what led them to WORSHIP.
~ Kissy Black