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Matthew 2:1-12

O Worship the King!

Life BPC Combined Christmas Service, 25 December 2016

Text: Matthew 2:1-12

(Elder Ng Beng Kiong)

 

§  The Gospel of Matthew portrays Jesus as the Messiah and the King of the Jews who is worthy to be worshipped. It records the visit of the “wise men” and draws our attention to their question – “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?The wise men displayed 3 important qualities:

 

1.   Spiritual Diligence  

§  There are many things about the wise men that we do not know.

-          We do not know who these wise men (or, magi) were? Their names and where they came from are not revealed to us. We are only told that they came “from the east”. They must have travelled 100s of miles to get from their homes to worship Jesus.  

-          The tradition that there were 3 wise men is probably a deduction from the 3 gifts mentioned in v11. No actual number is given in the Bible. Tradition has also called the wise men “kings” but there is no evidence to support this.  

-          The Bible doesn't tell us what the “star in the east” was. We do not know how these wise men connect the star they saw with the birth of the King of the Jews, the Messiah. But we know the wise men responded to the revelation God gave them.

§  Consider what it must have cost the wise men to travel - in money, in time, in dangers – to find Jesus. It was a long, arduous and dangerous journey but they shrank not from the toil and dangers of long travels to find Jesus. They left the comforts and security of home to travel for months, braving all kinds of dangers, to seek the King of the Jews.

§  The wise men are a splendid example of spiritual diligence.

-          Are you willing to pay the price to find Jesus? We shall find Jesus if, like the wise men, we are earnest and diligent seekers (Isaiah 55:6; Jeremiah 29:13). Diligence in seeking God is the 1st step to establishing a personal relationship with Him.

-          What diligence do we show in following Jesus? Are you willing to make the effort and sacrifice to know, worship and serve the King of kings?

 

2.   Steadfast Faith

§  Not for a moment did the wise men express any doubt with reference to the fact of Jesus’ birth. They did not even doubt as to when. For them the only question was where? And when they finally saw Jesus, the wise men “fell down and worshipped Him” even though there was nothing to suggest that Jesus was a King. Their faith was not shaken by the circumstances; they recognized the little Child as their King. 

§  The wise men had so little revelation but they believed what they had. On the other hand, the religious leaders in Jerusalem could even quote OT Scriptures where the Messiah was to be born (v4-6) and yet they had no interest in going to Bethlehem to find out the truth. Faith without action is a dead faith. We need to always grow in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18).  

§  When the wise men saw the Child, they believed that they had seen the divine Saviour of the world. Their simple but living faith received a rich reward. This is the kind of faith that God delights to honour (cf John 20:29). Faith in Jesus is what is needed to establish a personal relationship with God.

 

3.   Sincere Worship

§  The object of the wise men’s visit was to worship Jesus as their King and Messiah (v2,11). Worship was at the heart of everything they did. Worship should be our response when we have found Jesus as our Saviour. We must learn to worship here; it is the training of the heavenly life.

§  The wise men 1st presented themselves in worship. Then they consecrated their substance. Their gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) speak powerfully of a Messiah who will deliver His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). Jesus is worthy of our praise and worship. He is Emmanuel or “God with us” (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). Christmas is when Jesus our Emmanuel was born to be the Saviour of the world, so that He might reconcile us to God through His death. But only those who put their trust in Him to receive Him as Lord and Saviour will be saved.

 

§  The moment you place your faith in Him you are cleansed of your sins and brought into a personal relationship with Him. Then you are privileged to worship God, to offer adoration to Him as the One to whom all worship belongs. 

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

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For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25