Responding to Jesus

The wise men from the East traveled hundreds – perhaps thousands – of miles in order to worship Jesus, whom they knew only to be the King of the Jews. “Worship” can take many forms: The wise men fell down before Him and offered precious gifts (2:11). When they heard Him say, “Follow Me,” the first disciples left their family and financial security to obey (4:18-22). Jesus compared the one who “hears these sayings of Mine, and does them,” to a man who built his house on a firm foundation (7:24-5). The crowds who heard Him “were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority” (7:28-29). Multitudes “brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments” (4:24). The unruly wind and waves obeyed His voice and became calm (8:26). Seeing His power over the forces of nature, His disciples “worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly, You are the Son of God’” (14:33). The multitudes “marveled and glorified God” for His healing power and pardoning mercy (9:1-8). Those who had been healed “spread the news about Him” to all their friends (9:31). Jesus Himself gave this summons: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me…” (11:28-29). Later, He added, “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (16:24). To worship is to love, to adore, to trust, to follow, and to obey!