BIRTHDAY FOR A KING MATTHEW 2:1-12
Every family is different in the way they celebrate milestones
For 99.99% of the world a baby being born is just another day.
Birthday party? Just another day. Except when it isn’t.
On a particular day in a particular place the greatest King of all was born into this world. His conception was divine. His birth, very normal.
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem
2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 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 Messiah 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 shepherd 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 search carefully 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 when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.
11 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, frankincense and myrrh.
12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
No one is 100% sure exactly how long after Christ’s birth that the magi, these wise men from the east came to visit.
Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to register because of the Roman census.
He was living in the Nazareth area and had to go back to the native town of his family.
It is quite possible that Joseph and she decided to stay in Bethlehem after the birth of the child to avoid public interest in their lives.
The men showed up, brought gifts worthy of a king and departed quickly and quietly.
They were no sooner gone than Joseph and Mary and Jesus were as well.
No one except that family and the people they were in contact with will ever know what became of the gifts.
Gold was symbolic of Jesus royalty. Frankincense was symbolic of his divinity. Myrrh symbolic of his suffering.
There are those historians and biblical experts who have postulated that the gifts were used to finance the family escape to Egypt and eventual return to Nazareth.
These men were referred to as Magi and also as wise men. They were smart and motivated men determined to find Jesus.
They realized that this child they were seeking was a king from the moment of birth.
He would not become king, he was King!
They did what they did because they recognized the signs of the times and gave all praise to Jesus.
1. THEY BROUGHT TO JESUS WHAT HE DID NOT YET HAVE.
Jesus was born poor though he was a king. Joseph was a working man. Mary would have had no means to earn income.
This was probably more wealth than Joseph or Mary had ever seen much less possessed.
These men brought these gifts out of respect and honor. There would be no throne, no scepter, nothing royal.
2. THEY BROUGHT TO JESUS WHAT THEY HAD TO GIVE.
We do not, nor can we know, the income level of these astrologers. They brought what they had.
There was no skimping. No $45 limits. No expectation of give and get. They came to honor and that is what they did.
3. THEY BROUGHT TO JESUS AND GAVE WHOLE-HEARTEDLY.
These were gifts of considerable value. There was no holding back and no reservations on what they did and how.
Does this matter in Mt Union in 2018?
1. SOME NEED TO SHARE WITH JESUS NOW WHAT HE DOES NOT YET HAVE.
What might that be? Most likely your heart.
What greater Christmas gift could you bring to him on his birthday than the thing he gave his life for on the cross?
He gave his life to win your heart. Does he have it?
It could be for some here today that he has most of your heart.
There is something that you have been holding back on. Why not give that part to him this Christmas?
2. SOME NEED TO BRING TO JESUS WHAT YOU HAVE.
Jesus does not need any more gold, frankincense or myrrh.
You have life. Give it to him. Give him all of your mess-ups, goof-ups, problems, worries, troubles and headaches.
Give him all that you want to be rid of.
Christ will take anything you want to give him at Christmas because he is the redeemer.
He will exchange all that is broken, messed up and worthless in your life for a new life free from all that by faith in him.
3. SOME HERE NEED TO SHARE WITH JESUS WHOLE-HEARTEDLY.
Too many only bring to the Lord one problem at a time. They bit and piece their life and their issues when Christ could take the whole thing and make it all new.
Too many people try to fix their own wrecks.
Christ would love to fix the whole wreck but you have to give him the whole thing. The whole of your life.
We can reflect on the great gifts these very wise men brought Jesus.
We can reflect on Jesus as the greatest gift we have ever been given.
All the reflection and symbolism in the world will not compare to giving our hearts and lives wholly and completely over to the Lord.
The greatest gift you could give Jesus right now is the whole of your heart and life.