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Summary: The Christmas season is a time when people search for happiness in a variety of outlets and activities. The Wise men remind us to search for the ultimate in life fulfillment in Christ Jesus.

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MATTHEW 2:1-2

THE SEARCH FOR JESUS

K. EDWARD SKIDMORE STATES THAT HISTORICALLY, NOT EVERYONE WAS JOYFUL WHEN JESUS WAS BORN. IN FACT THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE WHO REJECTED HIM FOR VARIOUS REASONS. REASONS MUCH LIKE THOSE PEOPLE GIVE TODAY FOR REJECTING JESUS.

- MESS UP THEIR PLANS . . .

-LIMIT THEIR FREEDOM . . .

- PRIDE . . .

CONSEQUENTLY, THOSE WHO REJECT JESUS SPEND VALUABLE AND IMMEASURABLE TIME TRYING TO FIND FULFILLMENT IN BOTTLES, PILLS, AND PEOPLE, ONLY TO COME UP EMPTY. WHEREAS, THE PERSON WHO DISCOVERS CHRIST, DISCOVERS THAT LIFE AND THE FULFILLMENT OF LIFE DOES NOT EXIST WITHOUT CHRIST.

A PORTRAIT OF THESE TWO PERSONALITIES, THESE TWO IDEOLOGIES (EYE-DE-O-LO-GIES), THESE TWO SCHOOLS OF THOUGHT, THESE TWO PARADIGMS ARE PAINTED IN OUR TEXT TODAY.

IN KING HEROD WE FIND A PORTRAIT OF A MAN WHO REJECTED GOD AND THOUGHT THAT SATISFACTION AND LIFE FULFILLMENT WAS SYNOYMOUS WITH POWER. SO BENT ON POWER, SO BENT ON HAVING POWER, SO POWER HUNGRY HE MURDERED THREE OF HIS OWN SONS WHOM HE THOUGHT WOULD ONE DAY RIVAL HIM FOR HIS KINGSHIP. SO PARANOID WITH POWER HE DECREED A GENOCIDAL EDICT MURDERING ALL MALE INFANTS . . . JESUS.

IN CONTRAST TO KING HEROD WE FIND WISE MEN, NO NOT THREE WISE MEN, BUT RATHER WISE MEN (CHECK IT OUT), WHO WOULD BRING THREE GIFTS CONSISTING OF GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, AND MYRRH. THESE WISE MEN, WHO WERE REALLY FOOLISH MEN WITHOUT JESUS, SET OUT ON A QUEST TO FIND JESUS.

MATTHEW WAS GIVEN THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS OF THEIR STORY.

IN MATTHEW 2:1 – THESE WISE MEN SET OUT TO FIND JESUS BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD ABOUT JESUS.

WHO WERE . . .

WHERE WERE THEY FROM?

WHAT HAD THEY HEARD ABOUT JESUS?

WHAT DID THEY WANT FROM OR WITH JESUS?

WHY WOULD THEY NOT REST UNTIL THEY FOUND JESUS?

WELL, THESE WISE MEN WERE FROM THE REGION EAST OF ISRAEL (IRAQ/IRAN)...

ASTROLOGY

NUMEROLOGY

SCIENTOLOGY

CHRIST-OLOGY

YET, THEY HEARD OF ISAIAH’S PROPHECY (ISA. 9:6) “FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN, THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE UPON HIS SHOULDERS, AND HE WILL BE CALLED: WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE, HIS GOVERNMENT, AND ITS PEACE WILL NEVER END.”

THEY WERE LOOKING FOR JESUS BECAUSE THEY HEARD, FINDING HIM WOULD BE THE BEST THING THAT COULD EVER HAPPEN TO THEM.

SONG – LONG AGO . . .

BECAUSE THESE WISE MEN HEARD ABOUT JESUS, THEY SET OUT TO FIND JESUS.

V. 2 APPROACHED KING HEROD (READ V.2 )

THEY SOUGHT JESUS BECAUSE THEY HAD HEARD ABOUT HIM.

THEY SOUGHT JESUS BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO WORSHIP HIM.

WORSHIP - AN ACT OF EXPRESSING REVERENCE.

TRUE ESSENCE OF WORSHIP ON DISPLAY . . .

IN FACT V. 11 – WISE MEN ENTERED THE HOUSE AND SAW JESUS THE CHILD (WHO WAS NOW SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE AGE OF 1-2) WITH HIS MOTHER MARY, THEY WERE SP “OVERJOYED” THAT THEY BOWED DOWN” . . . FELL OVER AND BEGAN TO WORSHIP.

DON’T MISS THIS, NOT ONLY DID THEY WORSHIP WITH THEIR LIPS, THEY WORSHIPPED IN THEIR GIVING. THEY UNDERSTOOD (MATTHEW 6:21) “WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE WILL YOUR HEART BE ALSO.” SO CONSEQUENTLY, IN GIVING THEIR GIFTS TO JESUS, THEY WERE GIVING THEIR HEART TO JESUS.

V.11 THEY OPENED THEIR TREASURE CHESTS (HEART) AND GAVE HIM GIFTS. HOW PROFOUND THE GIFTS THEY GAVE:


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