Message by Rev. Erny McDonough
Fisherman’s Chapel, Port O’Connor, Texas
Matthew 2:1 & 2 “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Intro: Although we know little about these “Wise Men,” They have set an example for all believers of all times. The summary of the quest was stated in a few simple words: We … have come to worship Him.
I. Their Sacrificial Efforts:
A. They traveled a great distance, possessing little information, except God’s revelation through a special star!
B. They were foreigners (from Iraq), who had come to a strange land with a different culture than their own.
C. Sometimes it takes special effort to get to Church were we are among friends, but consider how much harder it was for these wise men!
II. The Object Of Their Worship:
A. All their devotion was reserved for the One they were seeking. Their response was immediate: verse 11 “On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped Him.”
B. Their faith told them that even through this was a very, young Boy, He was not an ordinary Child – He was King!
C. Their discovery of Him was an occasion of great joy – verse 10 “when they saw the star, they were overjoyed“.
III. Worship Was Expressed In Giving:
A. verse 11 “Then they opened their treasures …” Nothing was too good for the King!
B. Their giving was planned! They had brought their treasures with them. This was part of the worship they were so anxious to give the King.
C. Their gifts were the outward expression of the inward adoration they felt toward the King!
Conclusion: Christmas is, above all, a time for worship. If Christmas Carols had been written in the Wise Men’s day, we could easily imagine them singing, “O Come, Let Us Adore Him!”
~ Pastor Erny