by John Barnett

Lessons in Worshiping Christ From the Wisemen
John Barnett
Matthew 2:1-12

Christmas was when the greatest event since Creation, took place in a sleepy little village just five miles south of Jerusalem. But the lives of most people surrounding Christ's birth were like the rooms of Bethlehem's Inn--too full to let Jesus in.

Christmas is all about worship.

Worship is all about having room in your life for God.

God devotes us four chapters of the Bible to Christ's birth, look with me at one of the verses in Luke's account.

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. NKJV

Here is a life-impacting lesson we can learn from God's Word: Christmas was when no room was found for the Owner of the Universe, and he had to be welcomed in a borrowed stable.

Like the Apostle John says, "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not"--they didn't have room for God. For those who made room for Christ was given the greatest of all treasures--they were able to come before baby Jesus and offer themselves in worship to Him. This Christmas are you like the Inn with no room for Jesus or like those who welcomed Him, worshipped Him, and enjoyed His Presence because they made room in their lives for Him?

Who Made
Room for Jesus?

At the center of the Christmas story, is the truth that--worship is all about making room for Jesus.

The only record of Christ receiving worship comes from those who paused their own plans, their own agendas, and their own pursuits--and pursued finding Jesus. The Shepherds came with haste from the fields and the Wisemen came with persistence from afar. Both presented their adoration to Christ.

God's Word presents to us a question this Christmas is, "How much room is there in our lives for Jesus?" We need to examine whether we give Him room in our desires, our thinking, our planning, and our talking. Do we talk ...

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