Summary: A Christmas message about the Magi from the east.
Introduction: We will all have to admit that we don’t know everything about everything. If we did, there would be no need for schools or teachers. We all have to glean wisdom from those who know more about a particular topic than we do. At the peak of this Christmas season let’s take a look at some wise men who met Christ, and their reaction to the wonderful Savior.
I. THEY SOUGHT AND FOUND THE SAVIOR (v1-8)
a. WE SHOULD SEARCH FOR HIM PERSONALLY
The wise men didn’t send someone else to find Him. They sought Him out personally. It doesn’t matter if your grandmother knew Him, or if your mom knows Him. It doesn’t matter if your spouse knows Him. You must seek Him and find Him for yourself.
I’ve known people to say, "I love watching brother so and so. He really knows how to worship God." The reality is that we should seek to know Him ourselves, not watch others know Him.
b. WE SHOULD SEARCH FOR HIM PASSIONATELY
This search for Christ wasn’t a passing fancy. It was a life long, passionate search.
I am fearful that the repetitiveness of our worship and walk causes us to loose some of our zeal for God. This thing isn’t a passing fancy for us either. It is to be a passionate, driving force in our lives.
c. WE SHOULD SEARCH FOR HIM PATIENTLY
This is the perfect follow up to the last point. A passionate walk that takes a life time to unfold. Anyone can run 100ft and stop. The Bible likens us to be long distance runners whose goal is to finish our coarse. Be patient in your walk with God, and don’t let discouragement defeat you.
II. THEY BOWED DOWN AND WORSHIPED THE SAVIOR
Do you ever tune in to TVLAND and think, "how in the world did I use to like these shows?" I do!
One particular show that I think that of is Happy Days.
Boy, what a corny show! But, the reality still remains.The one who is self confident, self reliant in our society is cool. That goes against every principle of worship. We must admit our need for Christ.
a. WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM OUT OF DUTY
There is a command here that it is our duty to worship Him.
b. WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM OUT OF DESIRE
The truth of the matter is, we shouldn’t worship Him because He tells us to. We should desire to. Think of all He has done for you! Think of where you are vs. where you were. Think of the flames you were rescued from. Yea, now you’re getting the idea. Are we even beginning to worship Him like we should?
c. WE SHOULD WORSHIP HIM OUT OF DESPERATION
III. THEY GAVE SACRIFICIALLY TO THE SAVIOR
We don’t do our Christmas shopping for those we love at the Pawn Shop. If you do, you might be a red neck.
We give the best of what we have to those we love. These wise men did this very thing.
a. WE SHOULD GIVE HIM OUR BEST
In a life that is bombarded with breath taking schedules, we sometimes find ourselves just having to give Christ what is left. It takes DISCIPLINE to make Christ not only a part of of our schedule, but also the pinnacle of our schedule.