MATTHEW 2:1-12 – REVISITING AND RETHINKING THE WISE MEN

(This is a message that can be delivered after Christmas and even into the new year.)

  • We are used to seeing Christmas cards and nativity sets and scenes that depict the Wise Men present at the manger when Jesus was born. Actually, they probably arrived as much as two years after Jesus was born. Matthew 2:1, Matthew 2:16
  • It is fitting to revisit and rethink the visit of the Wise Men after Christmas.
  • When we rethink the visit of the Wise Men, we want to consider what we can learn spiritually from them and apply these lessons to our lives.

THEY CAME PERSONALLY – Matthew 2:1

  • The wise men were men of means and could have sent a delegation in their behalf. They chose to come themselves. It was a long journey, but they came!
  • We must come to Jesus personally. We cannot send someone else like our parents, spouses, ministers, or priests. Matthew 11:28-30
  • We cannot assume that we are Christian because we were born or baptized into a Christian family. John 3:1-8, 1 Peter 1:23
  • We cannot assume that we are Christians because we are moral or do lots of good things. Romans 3:10-18, Romans 3:20, Romans 3:23, Titus 3:5
  • We must come to Christ by faith, believing that He alone is the one who forgives our sins through His work on the Cross and His resurrection from the dead. Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:24, Romans 3:28, Romans 5:1
  • We must also come to Christ as believers, communing with Him at the “Throne of Grace”. John 12:24-26, John 15:1-17, Hebrews 4:14-16, Hebrews 10:19-22

THEY CAME PURPOSEFULLY – Matthew 12:2

  • They came to worship Him! They made a purposeful journey to offer their King the sacrifice of worship.
  • Our purpose in life should be to continually worship and serve our Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of gratitude. It is the only way we can come into the presence of God. John 14:6, Hebrews 13:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, Colossians 4:2

THEY CAME PRODUCTIVELY – Matthew 2:11

  • They gave themselves, bowing the knee and worshipping in his presence. This was an act of surrender.
  • They gave their best. After giving themselves, the Wise Men gave of what were probably their most valuable possessions, gold frankincense, and myrrh.
  • As Christ-followers, we must give ourselves to Him. Romans 12:1, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, Luke 14:26-33
  • After giving Christ ourselves, we must give Him our best gifts. This includes all we are and have at His disposal including our time (Abiding in Him), tasks (Good works), talents (Spiritual gifts), treasures, and testimony (Witnessing). Matthew 6:33, Ephesians 2:10, Titus 3:8, Romans 12:3-8, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, Matthew 28:18-20