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Gospel of Matthew – The Visit of the Magi

Our message will cover Matthew 2:1-12. Here we learn some truths that may challenge what you think you know about the Magi. Our task is to take our knowledge from the Bible, not from tradition and holiday songs, so we get to do just that. We’ll discover who King Herod is, what kind of people surround him, and why they responded the way they did to the news of the King of the Jews born in Bethlehem. We will also examine these wise men and see what compelled them to make such a long journey. We will apply the lessons and investigate our own devotion to Jesus as well. Our outline is:

  1. King, Magi and Star
    1. Who is this King Herod?
    2. Who are the wise men?
    3. Significance of the star?
  2. The King Rejected
  3. Several causes of Dullness

Public reading: Romans 15:8-13; Benediction: Ephesians 6:24

Matthew 2:1-12

2:1 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, 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.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. 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. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. (ESV)

Romans 15:8-13

For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,

“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”

10 And again it is said,

“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”

11 And again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”

12 And again Isaiah says,

“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (ESV)

Ephesians 6:24

24 Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible. (ESV)