Lessons from the Wise Men Giving our Worship to Jesus by John Barnett

Lessons from the Wise Men Giving our Worship to Jesus
John Barnett
Matthew 2

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Christmas, the greatest event since Creation, took place in a sleepy little village just five miles from Jerusalem. God came from Heaven wrapped in baby clothes, and was laid in a stone feeding trough called a manger.

At His birth Christ was only welcomed and worshipped by two groups of people--outside of His own family. Those two groups, the shepherds and the Wisemen, were poles apart socially, economically, culturally, ethnically, and in every other way but spiritually. But when the shepherds and Wisemen met at the feet of Jesus, they worshipped on common ground.

The shepherds and the wisemen stand out in the Christmas story because of all the creatures on earth created in His image--they were the only ones who came seeking the newborn King!

Shortly after the birth of the Messiah, Judean shepherds bowed at His feet, singing His praises. Then hours or days later Babylonian magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem asking King Herod where the real king of the Jews was born. As we already saw, the response of the Bible scholars of Herod's court was "in 'Bethlehem".

The startling fact is--that though these religious professionals could recite the right answer, their hearts were indifferent to the truth of God's Word. They revealed the terrible condition of indifference to God. They knew the Scriptures, they just did not believe them! What a tragic indictment upon these servants of God. They did not want to travel the five or six miles to Bethlehem to see their Messiah.

TENACIOUS BELIEF

Undaunted, those magi believed the Scriptures. They had traveled several hundred miles to worship Jesus. They had been gui ...


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