Summary: This story takes a look at the Magi's visit to see Jesus
The Road to the King
Introduction: Roads of life!
1. One of the things my wife likes about the valley is the straight roads!
Motion sickness is one of the worst!
2. Roads and highways have often been used to symbolize life!
--John Bunyan’s Christian classic Pilgrim’s progress!
Have you missed your turn or taken a supposed short cut?
I was trying to head back from Bristol TN and was cruising along when I saw a road sign that said, “welcome to Virginia”
3. Purpose statement: The magi or Wisemans’ quest to find Jesus should remind us of some signs we should watching for as we travel the road of life!
4. Background on the three kings!
The “Magi from the east” (v. 1) who came to see Jesus had learned about the Jews’ messianic expectations, likely from the prophetic writings such as Daniel’s. They were probably among the many God-fearing Gentiles who lived in the Middle East and Mediterranean area.
---Not sure how many—just three gifts mentioned.
---Advisors to kings
--- PROBABLY ANCESTORS OF BABOLIANS WHO WORKED UNDER DANIEL!
---And no, they didn’t show up at the manger...they came to the house where Mary and Joseph had started staying sometime after Jesus’ birth.
STARS OF RECOGNITION--- WISEMEN ARE OBSERVANT FOR SOMETHING GREATER THAN THEMSELVES!
Augustus held his census around 8 BC
Facts concerning the star:
It was visible in the East-the Magi saw it and undertook a journey of perhaps a thousand miles. It was either a miracle to mark the birth of Christ or natural event.--- Astrologers have suggested exploding stars, meteors, Venus and even Halley's Comet.
Johannes Kepler, last of the great astrologer-astronomers, believed that "Star" of Bethlehem Jupiter and Saturn every 900 years. They came together in 7 BC which would the exact date.
The Wiseman were able to recognize when God was moving and responded to His call on their lives! They were willing to respond as God moved them!
THEY were WATCHING FOR GOD
The GREEK WORD translated as “SAW” is used to describe! TO SEE IS A VOLUNTARY ACTION----The word translated see in this passage is the same Greek word to describe seeing both -- means to look at (literally or figuratively), behold, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, take heed.
The same word used to describe what Peter and John did when they came to the tomb. The choose to investigate!
(1) They followed the light they had received, the star.
(2) They arrived at the wrong place.
(3) They asked for more light.
What are we looking for?
Are we watching for the bright stars in our lives?
--Maybe there is the star of godly parents?
--A friend who has never given up on you.
--A grandparent that brought you to church?
--A husband or wife
--minister or Sunday school teacher
ILL: All of these horrible shootings could be cut way back! We’ve got to get the light out into the world around us! Too many people are bitter and angry! The average dad talks to his son no more than 45 second a day.
I was talking with Caleb (our Spanish Language Minister) and we were in agreement that we cannot compete with world in entertainment!
We can’t compete with the world in toys!
WE CAN SHOW AND GIVE LOVE!
We cannot see God in our lives if we are looking at the wrong things!
--Wisemen watch their eyes and hearts---foolish men hang out in the strip bars!
--Wisemen men watch their kids play sports or instruments---foolish men watch their own image in their newest sports car
Wisemen watch their kids in the Christmas play—foolish men stay home
Wise woman watch God’s word grow in the husband—foolish woman look for fault
Wisemen look at the diverse and complex creation and search for the real source of life!
Wisemen look to the heavens above and recognize how tiny they are
Wisemen look at the death of their friends and family and recognize
Wisemen seek after God-- foolish men believe they can hide from Him
Wisemen seek define life by storing up treasures in Heaven –Foolish men seek to find life on Mars
Wisemen men learn to live on less –foolish men believe the one with most toys in the end wins
Wisemen recognize they will soon leave this world, but the foolish man believes he will live forever!
Wisemen recognize that God is calling them to lead their families!
Wisemen follow God’s leading ran than run!
Wisemen step up to the responsibility that God has called them to!
Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt and God used the Wisemen to help them get there!
WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A MEN’S CONFERENCE HERE ON Feb. 1 &2 sponsored by Family Life! CALLED STEPPING UP!
WE HAVE TO MANY MEN THAT HAVE STEPPED OUT!