Lent - Day 3

The King is Honored (Matthew 1:1-12)

"Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him" (v.2).

Tradition tells us that the wise men came from a long distance to worship "the newborn king of the Jews." They brought with them expensive gifts to give to the king. Their stated intention was "to worship." When they found the child we are told, "they bowed down and worshiped him."

The wise men came with a purpose. They did what was necessary to accomplish that purpose. They gave their time and their resources. They were willing to do whatever it took to honor the King whose birth was announced and celebrated by the angels.

Do we demonstrate that same attitude when we come to worship? Are we aware that we are in the presence of the King when we come to church? When we come, is it our purpose to honor the King?

Worship means "to adore; to pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration; to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission" (Webster's 1828 Dictionary).

One of my favorite places in Scripture that describes this kind of worshipful attitude is Philippians 2:9-11.

"Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

This is the attitude we need to bring when we come to church. Our purpose must be to honor the King through our worship. Remember, everything we are (who we are from the inside out) and everything we do (our praise, our service for him and the we live our lives) flows from our worship of our great God.

"O come, let us adore Him
 O come, let us adore Him
 O come, let us adore Him
 Christ the Lord"

When you pray today, spend time in worship. Our prayer should not be an "in and out" prayer. It will take some time, and effort, to cultivate our time of worship. O come, let us worship the King.


Pastor Tom


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