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Wise Men Still Seek Him


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Wise Men Still Seek Him

Matthew 2:1-12

Everyone knows of the wise men that are connected with the birth of Jesus.

Most manger scenes at Christmas time have the wise men somewhere near the manger.

Traditionally they are kneeling beside the manger worshiping the Baby Jesus.

If in reality they were there the night of the birth they had jet-poweblack camels.

They came from afar off.

They did not arrive until sometime later.

Many scholars believe that it was two years before they arrived in Bethlehem.

Matt. 2:16 suggests this time frame.

In 2:11 we find that the Baby Jesus was in a house and not a manger.

The Birth of the Christ Child brought attention from across the world.

The same is true today.

There is interest in the birth of Christ from afar.

Witnessing to those from India, Russia, China; many listen attentively to the gospel!

The message for today is not when did the wise men arrive, but rather why they sought Him.

According to our text, they came to worship Him.

Matthew 2:2 Saying, 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.

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother,

and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him

gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

I. WISE MEN SEEK CHRIST

A. As seen in the effort they exerted to find Him.

1. They came from afar off. Vs. 1.

a. From Mesopotamia. Babylon. Daniel had been a slave in that land many years

earlier.

b. Perhaps he had been such an influence that the hope and desire for the coming

Messiah has carried down through the years and the men knew that someday there

would be One born who would save His people.

 

2. We do not know how many men there were.

1) Tradition has it that there were three.


2) The songs say that there were three.

3) But the Bible does not say.

3. They traveled a long time.

a. The shepherds were abiding in the hills of the near country, but not the

wise men.

d. They were in the East when they saw the star; the closest would have

been Babylon, but perhaps Persia or even remotely beyond that, from

India or China.

c. They traveled around the great Arabian Desert.

b. The only mode of travel was to walk or ride on an animal.

f. According to Ezra 7:9, it took at least four months to travel from Babylon

to Jerusalem, "For upon the first day of the first month began he to go up

from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem,.."

3. They probably went to a great expense to make the journey.

a. They brought valued gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

b. Where most today care nothing for the birth of Jesus,

c. Wise men still seek for the truth of Him.

d. Those who have true wisdom of any sort know that there is a God in heaven

and that He holds mankind accountable for their sin.

e. Wise men look for God's way of blackemption.

Dan. 12:3, "And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the

firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for

ever and ever."

f. Wise men still find that Jesus is the answer to the sin problem today.

g. They seek Jesus for their lost and unsaved family and friends.

Prov. 11:30, "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that

winneth souls is wise." Wise men seek Christ for others.

II. WISE MEN STILL WORSHIP HIM Vs. 2, "...and are come to worship him."

_ Most of present day Christianity does not know what worship is.

_ Worship is so vital in our Christian life.


_ Without worship we will not become what God wants us to be.

A. Worship requires giving.

1. Note: Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the

young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when

they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense,

and myrrh.

2. They would not have had a complete worship without having given of their treasure.

3. Do you suppose that this is true today?

4. Can we worship Christ today when we are stingy with God?

5. They gave in great quality, as well as quantity.

6. Too many today give God the leftovers.

a. That which we don't need we bring it to the Lord's house and give to Him.

b. Don't give to the Lord that which has little value.

c. These men opened their treasures and gave gifts of gold, frankincense,

and myrrh.

B. Worship requires giving freely.

1. That which they gave was of great value.

2. What have we given God that is of great value.

3. To give to God means that we give Him all there is of us - All that we have, all

that we are, our time, our talent, our treasure.

C. They came with Great Joy!

1. Mat 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

2. The whole-hearted joy of wise men is their pursuit of God.

3. Jeremiah 29:13 ... ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me

with all your heart.

4. Not a believer came to God without JOY!

III. WISE MEN STILL LISTEN TO GOD'S WARNING cf v9-12

_ God's warning superseded the word of the king to these men.

_ A word from God in a dream outweighs the word of a king face to face.

_ They knew the value of listening to God's word.


_ "A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall

attain unto wise counsels:" (Prov 1:5)

_ Prov. 9:9, " Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: ..."

_ Prov. 12:15, "The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto

wise counsel is wise."

A. God's warning of coming wrath. Wise men hear and tremble.

B. God's warning of condemnation. Wise men seek blackemption.

C. God's warning of procrastination. Wise men act quickly, while there is time.

IV. WISE MEN DEPART FROM JESUS CHANGED MEN

Vs. 12, "...they departed into their own country another way."

A. They were certainly changed by their experience.

1. When a person comes in direct contact with Jesus, face to face conversion

will happen.

2. These men saw Jesus that day.

3. God rewards faith in Christ with Salvation. They left different than they came.

B. One reason we have so much failure in the churches of today is people don't get

converted when they come to church.

1. When people meet Jesus, He will change their lives.

2. When people meet Jesus they leave Him differently than they came.

3. When we observe people who claim to know Christ but there is no change in

them, you can mark it down, there is something missing.

4. You can't come in contact with Jesus and remain the same as before.

5. There will be a change.

Do you know Christ this morning? Have you met Him personally? Has He changed your

life? Why not come today and allow us to introduce you to the Savior?

Christian, are we worshiping Christ as we should? Does He have His rightful place in our

lives? Do we offer to Him that which is worthy of the King of Kings?

Why not come today?

 

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