WE 3 KINGS MATTHEW 2:1-12. The Christmas? Conversation Piece (Creative Questions to Illuminate Christmas)

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1 Sunday, December 13, 2015 (Video) WE 3 KINGS MATTHEW 2:1-12 The Christmas? Conversation Piece (Creative Questions to Illuminate Christmas) 1. What is the first Christmas you can remember? What specific aspects of it - do you recall? 2. In your opinion, what word s would best complete the following phrase: Tis the season to be..? 3. If you were asked to choose four songs for a Christmas medley, which songs would you pick? 4. Which particular event or aspect of the Christmas season do you look forward to most of all? 5. What is the oldest ornament on your Christmas tree? 6. It s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or White Christmas which one would get your vote for the best classic Christmas movie? 7. If you had a great voice & could record a Christmas duet with any famous singer, whom would you choose as your singing partner? 8. What is your favorite Christmas phrase, quote, or verse? 9. What Christmas song drives you nuts? 10. If, through the use of a time machine, you could travel back in time to briefly revisit any Biblical Christmas moment, which one would you choose? Matthew 2:1-12 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 in the east 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 Christ was to be born. 5 In Bethlehem in Judea, they replied, for this is what the prophet has written: 1

2 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. 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 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. 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. Matthew 2:3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. I. What They Sought? II. What They Brought? III. What They Taught? I. WHAT THEY SOUGHT? (V.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." A. A Man (V.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." Matthew 1:18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1: When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. 2

3 Luke 1:35 The angel answered, The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel. Luke 2:52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man. John 12:27 Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. John 13:21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me. A. A Man (V.2) B. A Monarch (V.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." John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Hebrews 2: Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death that is, the devil 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham s descendants. 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. In Revelation 17:14 They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers. 3

4 A. A Man B. A Monarch C. A Messiah (V.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. John 8: You are not yet fifty years old, they said to him, and you have seen Abraham! 58 Very truly I tell you, Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I am! II Corinthians 5:21 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. I. WHAT THEY SOUGHT? ( 2:2) II. WHAT THEY BROUGHT? ( 2:11) 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 and of incense and of myrrh. A. A Gift For A Mighty Potentate GOLD( 2:11) 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 and of incense and of myrrh. I Timothy 6:15 Which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Mark Lowry I wonder if Mary fully understood the power, the majesty, and the authority that she cradled in her arms that first Christmas night. I wonder if she realized that when she caressed those tiny hands and fingers, those were the same hands that had scooped out oceans and formed the rivers and mountains and those little feet could have walked on stars and those precious lips had spoken the world into existence. Mary must had been overwhelmed with emotion when she kissed her new born child. Knowing that she was kissing the cheek of the everlasting God and the baby boy she delivered that starry night would one day deliver her. Yes, Mary had a baby and through this willing servant of Jehovah, the world was given a Savior, a Wonderful Counselor, the Messiah, Emmanuel, the Son of God, our Lord Jesus. 4

5 A. A Gift For A Mighty Potentate GOLD B. Frankincense A Gift For A Ministering Priest John 14:6 Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. A. A Gift For A Mighty Potentate GOLD B. Frankincense A Gift For A Ministering Priest C. Myrrh A Gift For A Martyred Prophet 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. I. WHAT THEY SOUGHT? ( 2:2) II. WHAT THEY BROUGHT? ( 2:11) III. WHAT THEY TAUGHT? A. They Teach Us That Jesus Was Not Just A Jewish Savior Romans 10:13 for, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. A. They Teach Us That Jesus Was Not Just A Jewish Savior B. How True Faith Acts 1. First of all, faith is the grace of God. As I said a moment ago, these men were probably just like the shepherds out in the fields they weren t looking for Him and you weren t either. 2. Something else these Magi teach us about real faith is that once God in His grace gives us the faith to believe. Just in case you were wondering about that faith being a grace of God, read Ephesians 2:8,10. Ephesians 2:8,10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 10 For we are God s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. 3. We also see through these Magi how real faith acts. Real faith acts in worship. 8. What is your favorite Christmas phrase, quote, or verse? Neal A. Maxwell Each of us is an Innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus. Spurgeon It will not save me to know that Christ is a Savior; but it will save me to trust Him to be MY Saviour. 5

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