Matthew 2: 11-12
“11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
Mary and Joseph are no longer in the stable but are now in a house. The journey of the Magi from Persia to Bethlehem probably took at least four months. Joseph could have found employment as a carpenter while Mary tended to her growing child.
Life was beginning to take on the air of normalcy when suddenly a caravan of camels showed up at their door. Strange men dressed in strange clothing, speaking a strange language bearing gifts meant for a king, came into their home.
They fell down at the sight of the child and then they opened their treasures.
We worship him still today. But the only treasure He demands is your faith...and your heart.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)