2013-12-26 / Worship

Man’s journey to God’s promise for mankind

(Matthew 2: 1-12)

God sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins and restore our fellowship with Him. What is our part in the restoration process? Read Matthew 2:1-12 and see what we have to do.

The wise men sought the newborn Messiah, following the star that God had provided. “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” (verse 2). Seeking Christ is the first step that we learn from the wise men. We all must seek Him with open hearts.

“Lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was” (verse 9). We must arrive at the place where Jesus becomes an undeniable reality.

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him” (verse 11a). Like the wise men, we should acknowledge Him with acts of worship.

Then the wise men gave of their substance. “They presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (verse 11b). How do we give to Jesus? Jesus said, “I was an hungred and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:35-40). We are to reach out to the needy – year-round, not just at Christmas.

“They departed into their country another way” (verse 12b). Like the wise men, when we meet Jesus, we don’t return from the encounter the same way we came. God’s Holy Spirit inhabits us with a new way: the giving of ourselves to others.

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