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The Glory of Christmas: Wise Men
December 20, 2020

The Glory of Christmas: Wise Men

December 20, 2020

                                     The Glory of Christmas:  Wise Men 

                                               Matt 2:1-2; 9-11

 

There is a unique glory, weightiness, and importance that the Christmas story!

 

Mary chose to even when God radically changed her plans

 

Joseph –  God often picks people to do incredible things

 

The Shepherds story reminds us that God’s glorious gift of salvation is for

The Wisemen understood their in the midst of the Christmas story

 

The of every nativity scene is Jesus in the manger

 

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2  saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” ….. v9 And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2:1-2,  9-11 (ESV)

 

Recognizing their place,  the Wisemen moved toward Jesus

The Wisemen before Jesus in worship and presented him gifts  

 

Wiseman Tony knew his place in the story – Jesus rather than being served

 

In following Jesus we see as more important than ourselves

 

3  Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6  who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7  but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:3-11 (ESV)

 

 

Jesus is of our worship and honor

 

This Christmas may we look for opportunities to serve Jesus by serving

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (ESV)

Let us offer of worship and of service to Jesus

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