And now they would have to travel further to Bethlehem.
Wise men, learned men, men of prominence, distinction and science.
Their pursuit of this Holy Child gave them an outlet for their understanding of astronomy.
A star would lead them to Him.
A divine dream would lead them away.
Encountering the child for the first time they sensed royalty.
Being men of cultural and social understanding they fell down, they bowed down, they acknowledged they were in the presence of greatness by the bending of the knee.
In researching art images of the wise men I found it interesting that the common denominator of these three individuals was their physical position in the presence of greatness.
Each of them had previously had others bow before them.
They had bowed before no other person until now.
Not this time.
This time, they knew something was different, something was special, something would never be the same.
They thought they were bringing gifts to the child when in fact it was the child who was the gift to them.
No longer would they have to search for great mysteries.
No longer would they have to consider difficult questions concerning life
They had found the answer to all of these.
Wisdom was right in front of them at last.
And in front of that child they knew they could not stand.
They had come to the place as each of us will as well…
“where every knee shall bow…” Romans 14:11