Pastor Milton Vincent
December 25, 2011-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church
The theme in this section of Scripture is “searching.”
v. 2; “Where is He?”
v. 4; “inquired”
v. 8; “search”
v. 8; “found”
What we know about the Magi:
-Magi is plural for Magis (magician)
-Not a stage magician (i.e. David Copperfield, etc.)
-They were from Babylon or Persia
-Speaks of the wisest of men
-Tutors of kings, appointers of kings, advisors to kings
-Knew something of the coming King of Israel
SIX OBSERVATIONS REGARDING THE MAGI’S SEARCH FOR CHRIST, THE PERFECT KING
1. They travelled a great distance to find Christ.
-approx 900 miles from Babylon to Jerusalem, at least 4 month journey one way
-Imagine the conviction they had concerning the Messiah having been born for them to travel a total of 8 months to find Him.
-The Star was some sort of supernatural light.
-See Daniel 9; Numbers 24:17
-How far are you willing to travel to find Him?
2. They were persistent, bold and public in their efforts to find Christ.
-They came to Jerusalem saying; the word, saying, here is in present tense=continually saying
-They kept asking person to person, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?”
-They are bold, persistent and public in announcing their intent to worship this King.
-How persistent are you?
-See Heb. 11:6
3. They stirred up trouble in their quest to find Christ.
-Herod was troubled by their arrival-Bad news!
-Herod was suspicious and paranoid that someone would take away his power.
-History tells us that Herod was suspicious of his wife’s brother, mother and eventually his wife. He killed them all.
-History tells us that Herod also killed all 3 of his sons.
-The wise men arrived (not necessarily 3 of them) with a large entourage.
-Herod assumes a miraculous event has taken place but refuses to believe in Christ as King. He wants to kill Christ.
-(Note: Later in chapter 2, Herod orders killed all male children in Bethelem under the age of two! Such was his evil suspicion and paranoia!)
4. They received help from Scripture in their quest to find Christ.
-See Micah 5:2
-Look for Christ of the Scripture
-Go to the Bible; it will point you to Christ.
5. They rejoiced greatly in the star which led them to Christ.
-They rejoiced because they knew the star would direct them to Christ.
-If you value Christ, you will rejoice in people or things that direct you to Him.
6. When they finally found Christ, they worshipped Him.
-Jesus was probably between the ages of 4 1/2 months and 1 1/2 years old at this time.
-Note that they worshipped the child, not His mother (Mary).
-They fell to the ground; a posture that says “I am at your mercy and at your service.”
-Their worship was an act of respect and surrender to the King.
-They gave valuable gifts.
We do well to be seekers of Jesus like the Magi. Do you see what the Magi saw? Worship Him.
Note from Terrie to all my Cornerstone Family:
I try to give a faithful representation in my weekly Sermon Notes post of what is presented to us on Sunday mornings. Sometimes, though, I have to “fill in the blanks” by memory. I would be very thankful if you would leave a comment if ever there are any needed corrections. Blessings to you all!
By His Grace and for the Gospel,