THE RIVER KINGS
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
These wise men had travelled hundreds of miles in search of something or someone, they were not quite sure who or what they were looking for. There was something strangely attractive that had brought them across the desert, looking for life itself. When they came to Herod, they were not impressed, their desires could not be satisfied by political or economic powers. When the scribes and the religious leaders were called they were still not content, they knew in their hearts they had come for more than religion or politics. There must be more, we all know that there is. Our unrealized expectations and our unsatisfied desires tell us that we were made for far more than this. As the wise men left Herod’s palace they knew their search was not complete, their hearts were longing for the supernatural world promised by the star they had followed from so far away. And then they saw it and they rejoiced with exceeding great joy, the star had reappeared and was leading them to the source of all life, The Desire of all Nations had come and they would not be denied. And then, the moment that they were born for happened, when they saw Him they fell down and worshipped Him. Suddenly, unexpectedly, they were on their faces lost in the worship of this infant king. Now they knew why they had come, this was the hope of all mankind, the King of the Ages had been born in lowly Bethlehem in Judea.
In all of our hearts there is a knowing that our lives were made for something beyond the natural limitations of this natural world. Our hearts are crying out, like the wise men of old, there must be more. We were created to be satisfied with nothing less than the Glory found in the Presence of this King. We all know, earthly power, influence, wealth, or even religion cannot quench the longing of our souls. We will never be satisfied until we join wise men of all ages on our faces, lost in the Glory of the infant King.