Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, Dec 16, 2018
“God with Us”
The Magi, Mt 2:1-12
Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel“–which means, “God with us.”
- _____________ themselves to seek God.
Matthew 2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- Realized the _____________ of their journey.
Matthew 2:2 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.”
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- _____________ on their quest.
Matthew 2:3-10 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'” 7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
Responses to Christ:
- Herod – Fear & hostility…
- Jewish leaders – Blindness & Indifference…
- Magi – Joy & expectation…
1 Peter 1:8-9 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
- Were incredibly _____________ …
Matthew 2:11-12 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
They bowed and worshiped Jesus!
They presented gifts to Jesus!
Jesus changes lives forever!
“God with us”