On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. (Matt. 2:11)
Ian Johnstone flew from Australia to Britain to see his girlfriend, Ann Dolby, specifically to ask her to marry him. However, Ann missed Ian so much that she made the decision to fly to Australia at the precise time he was flying to see her. In fact, while waiting for connecting flights, they both sat in the same airport lounge in Singapore at the same time. However, neither saw the other, and they continued their respective trips, not knowing how close they had been to one another.
When Ann arrived at Ian’s apartment in Sydney, she was heartbroken. Ian, an engagement ring in his pocket, ended up asking for her hand in marriage over the telephone. Happily, Ann gave an affirmative reply.
Certain wise men experienced complications in their travel plans when they arrived in Jerusalem centuries ago. They learned that the king they were seeking was nowhere in that city. A consultation of ancient Scriptures indicated the baby could be found in Bethlehem, just six miles away. And when they arrived, “they bowed down and worshiped him.”
Wherever you go for the holidays, do as the wise men did and worship the Christ of Christmas. And the beauty is that traveling to Bethlehem isn’t essential. If you open your heart to Jesus, he will find you.
Open your heart to Jesus, who is seeking for you this Christmas.
Ron McClung has completed fifty-four years of ministry with The Wesleyan Church. He and his wife, Carol, enjoy spending time with their two sons, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.