This carol originally called.,”Three Kings of Orient,” was written for a Christmas pageant in 1857 by John Henry Hopkins Jr. The first and last verses and the refrain are sung all together. But there are three less known verses sung as solos by each of the wisemen, describing their gift for Jesus.
The story of the wise men seeking the baby Jesus is only told in the Gospel of Matthew. Because this event took place some time after the birth of Jesus, it is often given less attention. We typically think of there being three wise men as there were three gifts offered to Jesus: the gold, frankincense and myrrh. But regardless of their number, they went to great lengths to seek and to find the baby Jesus. They spent money, time and effort to make that long arduous journey. The star guiding them to the exact place they could find Him was nothing short of miraculous! Matthew 2 tells us that they were filled with great joy when they saw Jesus. Their immediate reaction was to fall to the ground in worship.
Wise men seek Him still. And He wants to be found. I may not have a miraculous star, but I have His Spirit drawing me to Himself. I am wise when I listen. Our verse for today promises that He rewards those who seek Him. He is worth all the effort of seeking. And I find Him through His Word speaking to my heart. He rewards me with a very special and privileged relationship with Himself!
Thank you, Lord, that YOU are my reward.