Dec 29, 2019 |Anti-Heroes

Wise Men

12.29.19 | Anti-Heroes

Wise Men

Young Yi

Matthew 2:1-12

In this upcoming New Year, what are some ways that you can practice having a joyful, reverent, worshipful response to Jesus? Young Yi closes our series looking at the anti-heroes of the Christmas story and shares how God used the wise men to remind us that His message and the sacrifice of His Son was for all people everywhere and we are invited to be a part of sharing that truth.

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An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.
Matthew 1:1

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.”
Matthew 2:1-2

When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christ would be born.
Matthew 2:3-4

I see him, but not now;
I perceive him, but not near.
A star will come from Jacob,
and a scepter will arise from Israel.
He will smash the forehead of Moab
and strike down all the Shethites.
Numbers 24:17

We can either fight for control over our lives with Jesus or submit to His Kingship and worship Him.

“In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: Because out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
Matthew 2:5-6

Bethlehem Ephrathah,
you are small among the clans of Judah;
one will come from you
to be ruler over Israel for me.
His origin is from antiquity,
from ancient times.
Micah 5:2

Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship him.”
Matthew 2:7-8

After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was — the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy. Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Matthew 2:9-11

The proper response to encountering Jesus is to respond in joyful reverent worship with all of who we are.

And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.
Matthew 2:12

God uses a diverse group of faithful people to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.