This week’s message was the last for the year of 2016, and the last message in the This Is Christmas sermon series. The wise men, from the Christmas story, made the important decision to seek the truth, and when they found it, they offered Jesus the best of what they had.
Message by Todd Lester – December 18, 2016
WHAT GIFT WILL I BRING JESUS?
Matthew 2:1 Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod.
Matthew 2:1-2 … About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”
Matthew 2:2 “We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.
Matthew 2:4–8 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
Matthew 2:9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.
Matthew 2:10–11 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.
Matthew 2:11 Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
WHAT MADE THEM WISE?
1. THEY WERE SEEKERS OF THE TRUTH
Matthew 2:2 … “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?”
Jeremiah 29:13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
2. THEY WERE WILLING TO GO TO ANY LENGTHS TO FIND IT
Matthew 2:1 … About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem…
3. THEY WERE PERSISTENT UNTIL THEY FOUND JESUS
4. THEY WERE THERE FOR THE RIGHT REASON
Matthew 2:2 … “We have come to worship him.”
5. THEY WERE WILLING TO GIVE JESUS THE BEST THAT THEY HAD
Matthew 2:11 … they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
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WHAT GIFT CAN YOU GIVE JESUS
1. MY TRUST
Matthew 9:29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”
2. MY PRIORITIES
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
3. MY HEART
Psalm 37:5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.
Hosea 6:6 I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
4. MY RELATIONSHIPS
Luke 14:23 “Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.”