Merry Christmas! Well, Merry Christmas Eve to all. From where I sit it is going to be a white Christmas for sure. Even more important, it is going to be a Christmas spent with family. I hope the same is true for you. But most importantly I hope and pray that your Christmas will be full of hope, joy, and worship. In order to aid in that, I have been posting a series called Rediscovering Christmas. If you missed part 1: Lay Hold of Hope or part 2: Awestruck with Glory, you can click here. But today, I want to finish up by calling us all to Join in the Worship.
Join in the Worship – The Story of the Wise Men and King Herod – Matthew 2:1-12
Who Were the Wise Men? – vs. 1
- They were magi – a class of priests from the Medo-Persian Empire.
- Both Daniel and the Greek historian Herodotus give us insight into the significance of these men.
- Knowing their belief in mystical powers, they were more astrologers, than astronomers.
- They learned about Jehovah and the coming Messiah from Daniel. – Daniel
- Throughout the east, the magi were known as the religious leaders, but in the west they were the king-makers.
One Paranoid King – vs. 2-8
- Herod was the governor of Judah, a puppet ruler of Rome, not the self-proclaimed king of Judah, or king of the Jews.
- The wise men would have caused great concern to both Herod and all Jerusalem.
The Irony of the Story – vs. 9-10
- Herod knew he had no authority to be called the King of the Jews.
- Herod knew that Jesus was the true King of the Jews.
- The priests and the scribes knew who Jesus was but they did not accept Him.
- Their Messiah was only five miles away.
The Gifts Teach us the Gospel – vs. 11-12
- Gold – Jesus is the King.
- Frankincense – Jesus is God.
- Myrrh – Jesus came to give His life for our sin.
- Are you like Herod, the Scribes and Priests?
- They knew the truth, were indifferent to the truth, rejected the truth when confronted by it, and sought to silence the truth.
- Are you like the wise men?
- They knew Scripture, acted in faith, and worshiped Jesus.
This concludes our Rediscovering Christmas series. I hope you have either discovered the true reason for Christmas or rediscovered the joy of Christmas. Enjoy your Christmas!
***Sermon preached by Pastor Rick Wilson at Denbigh Baptist Church December 22nd, 2013.***