by Miles Seaborn

Miles Seaborn
Matt. 2:1-12

"We have seen His star...and are come to worship Him."
INTRO. The purpose of the star was to authenticate and
publicize the incarnation and to draw men to worship
the celestial King. Varied speculations about the
stars appearance and searches for a mechanistic
explanation violate the very purpose of the gospel

The beautiful story of the star of Bethlehem was
intended by Matthew to focus our attention on the Babe
of Bethlehem. The star is mentioned four times in this
passage (2:2,7,9-10) and nowhere else in the New
Testament. Let us examine three things about the
Christmas star:

I. IT WAS A GUIDING STAR - "The wise men said, "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"
(2:2). These wise men, or Magi, would never have been
able to find, see, and know the young King Jesus had
is not been for the star. Have you ever sat down with
your open Bible and attempted to map out the journey
taken by these Magi? Whether they came from
Mesopotamia, Chaldea, Persia, or Arabia, these ancient
pilgrims had to travel:

1) ALONG VAST DISTANCES - We read that "there came
wise men from the east to Jerusalem" (2:1). Had they
not been guided by that providential star they might
never have attempted the lengthy journey implied in
the phrase "from the east to Jerusalem," but they were
drawn irresistibly to come and worship the young King,
and no distance, no matter how vast, could deter them.

ILL. What a challenge this is to those of us who have
the facilities for rapid transportation, by car,
train, or plane, in the Western Hemisphere. We have no
excuse or causes for not attending church regularly
and gladly following Christ wherever He calls.

ILL. People who live to close to church to drive; too
far to walk!

2) AMONG VARIED DANGERS - "There came wise men from
the east to Jerusalem" ...

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