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Wise Men

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When you bow the final knee to Jesus, will it be in fear or in rejoicing?




Merry Christmas Everyone!
Text we hear yearly
Statues we have traditionally annually
Sermon Outlines for Special Occasions The Example of the Wise Men

Did somebody say that Christianity was just for the ignorant class of people? Both sacred and secular history testify that men of great learning in every age of the world have been devotees of God. Men who are distinguished for their scientific knowledge are believers in God.

If the Bible had not said so, still we would have recognized that these men from the East were wise, because they came seeking Christ!

Have you examined the story?
Have you applied it?
Are we as wise?…
Matthew 2:1-23
Big Idea: Matthew is exposing the mystery of the coming King. Jesus comes for all those who look for Him and for none of those who don’t.
Application Point: Imitate these wise men and seek Christ diligently bringing extravagant praise with you.


The Magi = Matt 2.1-2
Matthew 2:1–2 ESV
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
What we don't know
how many there were
their names
their countries of origin (Babylon, Persia, Arabia)
What we do know
they came from the east
Gen 3.24
they’re men of prominence
The Star = Matt 2.2
Numbers 22-24: A STAR!
King Balak & Oracle Balaam = 3x blessed
Num 24.17
Isaiah: The light
Matt 4.12-17 - on these people a light has dawned
Isa 60.1-3 - prophesy of the rising light of Israel
The Opposing Team = Matt 2.3-4
Matthew 2:3–4 ESV
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
A world leader intimidated by a baby
Herod - killed his sons and his wives
Religious leaders indifferent to Jesus = frequently discussed
Priests = Jewish Worship - religions politicians
Scribes = Jewish Law - layers of jewish culture
The Bethlehem Prophesy = Matt 2.5-6
Matthew 2:5–6 ESV
5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “ ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
Mic 5.2
The place a king was born
Matt 1.6
An insignificant village
The King is a shepherd.
2 Sam 5.2
Isa 40.11
Jer 31.10
Herod’s Deception = Matt 2.7-8
Matthew 2:7–8 ESV
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”
Herod pretended kindness.
Herod intended killing.
Expository Outlines on the Life of Christ 1. The Wise Men Visit Jesus (Matthew 2:1–23)

Man may seek to destroy God’s work, but God permits man to go only so far. How foolish of man to think he can destroy God’s work. Despite all the examples of man’s failure in opposing God, there are still those who feel, as Herod did, that they can destroy God and His work.

Divine Introduction = Matt 2.9-12
Matthew 2:9–12 ESV
9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
Exceeding gladness!
Extravagant gifts
Gold, emphasizing Jesus' royalty
Frankincense, emphasizing Jesus' deity
Myrrh, emphasizing Jesus' humanity
The Flight = Matt 2.13-15
Matthew 2:13–15 ESV
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Jesus Inaugurates the New Exodus
God saved His people by bringing miraculous deliverance from Egypt.
God saves His people by bringing the Messianic Deliverer from Egypt.
The Murder = Matt 2.16-18
Matthew 2:16–18 ESV
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Jesus Ends the Mournful Exile
There is hope in the midst of hurt.
There is life in the midst of death.
The Return = Matt 2.19-23
Matthew 2:19–23 ESV
19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.
Big Idea: Matthew is exposing the mystery of the coming King. Jesus comes for all those who look for Him and for none of those who don’t.
Priests & Scribes
Application Point: Imitate these wise men and seek Christ diligently bringing extravagant praise with you.
Jesus Loves His Fiercest Enemies
In our minds and in our hearts, we have all rejected Him.
By His grace and for His glory, He has redeemed us.


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