I don’t know what the wise men expected to see.
It seems natural to us who know the story–who know the REST of the story–that they ended up finding Jesus-The King of the Jews-the One whose birth was announced by a star in a humble abode.
But I think it might have surprised those rich rulers traveling so far to worship Him.
In their experience, future kings were born in palaces, surrounded by servants. Such births were announced and trumpeted loud and long.
So when they found this little child with poor parents in a poor house, perhaps they thought they were mistaken.
We don’t know because Scripture is silent on this point.
What we do know is that they offered the gifts they brought, they worshiped the One they had traveled long to see.
They undertook a treacherous and costly journey for the purpose of worship.
True worship is expensive.
To raise my voice and my hands after losing Dominic is hard. It requires that I trust God regardless of my circumstances.
It means I lay my treasure at His feet even when I don’t understand why or how He intends to use it.
But worship inclines my heart to the God Who made it.
Just like the star led the wise men, worship leads me to the feet of Jesus.
And there is where I can safely leave my treasure.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:1-2, 10-11 KJV