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Written by Mr. Peter Langbroek
I want you to suppose. Suppose you would bow before your one year-old younger brother, or a one year-old boy on his mother's lap. You wouldn't just kneel, but in ancient mid-eastern fashion, you would bend the knee, lower your upper body, stretch your arms, and kiss the ground. You will say, "That's crazy!! Why would I do a thing like that?! You're right, a child bowing before a child makes no sense.

But I'll show you a little home in a small village in Bethlehem. There, in a room, are richly dressed, important and educated men from a far-away Eastern country dropping on their knees, lowering their upper bodies, stretching their arms, and kissing the ground before a child in his mother's lap! To top it all, they're giving him presents: gold, frankincense, and myrrh--worth thousands of dollars! Look at the child. Nothing you can see makes him so special. Now look at the men's faces. They're overjoyed while they bow and give presents!

If this were the whole story (I suppose you know what Bible story I'm referring to by now), they would be crazy. But look outside. In the dark street of this town an extraordinary light shines on a home. This was the star these men saw in their Eastern country! They recognized that the star testified of the coming King of the Jews. They went to Jerusalem, asked where this King would be born, were told it was in Bethlehem, and journeyed there. From Jerusalem the star reappeared and guided them to the home of Mary and Joseph, and the Child Jesus.

Their bowing down was not crazy; it was worship! They recognized the star as their witness and guide to the Lord Jesus. They had followed and found the place. No wonder they were overjoyed. No, on the outside Jesus was an ordinary child. But the star witnessed to the glory that was hidden in this Child, namely the glory as the second person of the Godhead--the Son of God. The wise men had faith to believe this.

Children, to bow down means to humble oneself, to bring yourself under the lordship of another. To kiss the ground by someone's feet is to confess that person's rule over you. To give gifts is to offer yourself to the ruler. Remember that the wise men did this with hearts overflowing with joy.

To bow down is another word for worship. Worship used to be called worthship. To bow down before Christ is worthship because He is worth everything! He is King of kings and Lord of lords!

This Christmas season think on the text below. I suggest you ask your parents to memorize it with you.

Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given him a name
which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things
under the earth:
And that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:10,11).

Come and worship; come and worship; worship Christ our worthy King!

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