In 1809 Napoleon was sweeping through Austria with his march of death; blood was flowing freely. Nobody at that time cared about babies. But the world was overlooking some most important births.
Great things are always happening even in a troubling world. At the time that Napoleon marched to the tone of death across the land great things were happening:
- William Gladstone was born that year. He was destined to become one of England’s finest statesman.
- That same year, Alfred Tennyson was born to an obscure minister and his wife. The child would one day greatly affect the literary world in a marked manner.
- On the American continent, Oliver Wendell Holmes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- And not far away in Boston, Edgar Allan Poe began his eventful, albeit tragic, life.
- And that same year produced the cries of a newborn infant in a rugged log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky. The baby’s name? Abraham Lincoln.
If there had been news broadcasts at that time, I’m certain these words would have been heard: “The destiny of the world is being shaped on an Austrian battlefield today.” But history was actually being shaped in the cradles of England and America. Similarly, everyone thought taxation was the big news–when Jesus was born. But a young Jewish woman cradled the biggest news of all: the birth of the Savior. —Adapted from Charles Swindoll.
The text of scripture opens in Matthew with wise men looking for Jesus.
I. Wise people do not allow DISTANCE to stop them from coming to find Jesus. vv.1,2
II. These wise people did not rebuke or resist the DEVILISH criticism of Herod the wicked king; vv.7,8
III. Wise people DILIGENTLY keep focus on the guiding star until they find Jesus and rejoiced greatly; vv.9,10
A. A person always fines what they are looking for when they find Jesus.
B. God always provides a heavenly guiding star for those looking for Jesus.
IV. These wise people DESCENDED their pride and fell down to worship Jesus; v. 11a
V. These wise people DELIBERATELY offered Jesus gifts fit for a king; v.11b
A. Gold = the most valuable mineral (kingship)
B. Frankincense = sweet smelling fragrance (an incense for worship)
C. Myrrh = anointing oil (an embalming oil as a symbol of death)
VI. The wise DEPARTED worshipping Jesus and went BACK HOME ANOTHER WAY celebrating THE TRUE KING; v.12
A. They went back rejoicing that they had found what they were looking for.
B. They went back with a renewed outlook on life.
C. They went back with a lifted burden.
D. WISE PEOPLE KEEP JESUS IS OUR TRUE KING
- He is everything we need:
- His promise is sure….and His light is matchless.
- His goodness is unlimited.
- His mercy is everlasting.
- His love never changes.
- His word is enough.
- His grace is sufficient.
- His reign is righteous.
- And His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.
2. He is the greatest that ever came among us
- He’s God’s Son.
- He’s the sinner’s Savior.
- He’s the centerpiece of civilization.
- He stands in the solitude of Himself.
- He’s unparalleled mercy.
- He’s unprecedented grace.
- He’s the miracle of the age.
3. He’s the only one qualified to be sufficient Savior.
- *He supplies strength for the weak.
- *He’s available for the tempted and the tried.
- *He sympathizes with sinners and He saves the lost
- *He strengthens the weak and sustains the wise
- *He guards and He guides.
- *He heals the sick.
- *He cleansed the lepers.
- *He forgives sinners.
- *He discharges debtors.
- *He delivers the captives.
- *He defends the feeble.
- *He blesses the young.
- *He serves the unfortunate.
- *He regards the aged.
- *He rewards the diligent
- *He beautifies the meek