When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11.
The idea of adoration is a little foreign to our post-modern mindset. Your online dictionary will provide synonyms like “veneration” and “worship”, not super helpful. Try thinking of it in terms of respect, combined with devotion and affection.
But in the terms of the 17th century hymn, “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, originally written in Latin, it means something more. There is a transcendental quality to our respect, devotion and affection for Christ. The relationship is unique, because He is unique; unique among men and unique among other so-called gods in His willingness to become man.
The magi in our text for today had travelled long and hard to reach the God born as man. Some experts speculate they traveled 400 miles on foot, taking over a month, in harsh conditions and guided only by a star. This would be the journey of a lifetime, two years in the planning. They had prepared for it with great study, undertaken significant expense, and put their lives at risk. They put their reputations at risk, too. If they traveled all the way to Israel to find nothing like what they predicted had happened they would forever be the “not-so-wise men”.
This moment captured in Matthew 2 of their finally meeting Christ is the culmination of years of working, investing, enduring and hoping. Imagine their joy! They had found the One. All their planning and work had paid off with the greatest possible dividend. They had found the Christ, with nothing but a star to follow and some ancient prophecies to guide them.
We, too, can find Him. For some, the journey is short, more like the shepherds of Luke 2. They may be raised by Christian parents with a church family to bring them along. For some the journey takes decades, with a lot of time spent wandering in the wilderness. But for all of us this will be the only God we will ever meet and the only God we will ever need. Today of all days, let’s adore our Savior in the fullest sense. Come, let’s adore Him.