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Dec 17, 2023 | Rev. Nick Doyle

The King Has Come: Lessons from the Magi

Matthew 2:1-12

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Lesson I. Seeking the King (Matthew 2:1-2)

A. Awareness of Prophecy: The Magi were learned individuals who recognized the significance of the star (Num 24:16-17). They were aware of the prophecies regarding the birthplace of the Messiah (Micah 5:2).

B. Willingness to Seek: The Magi embarked on a physical journey to find the King. Their commitment to seeking Him challenges us to examine our own willingness to seek God in our lives, even if it requires effort and sacrifice.

Lesson 2: Worshiping the King (Matt. 2:9-11)

A. Joyful Response: The Magi's response upon finding Jesus was one of great joy.

In Matthew 2:10, the word "overjoyed" is translated from the Greek word "χαρά" (chara). The term "χαρά" carries the meaning of "joy" or "gladness". In this context, it signifies a deep and profound sense of happiness, delight, and jubilation.

Sincere Adoration and Worship: The Magi's journey to find and worship the Christ child reflects the deep sincerity and reverence in their hearts. Despite their learned background and likely unfamiliarity with Jewish customs, they were compelled to seek and honour the newborn King. This underscores the universal call to worship Jesus, emphasizing that sincere worship is not limited by cultural or social boundaries.

B. Presenting Our Best: The Magi presented valuable gifts to Jesus – gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Gold - Symbol of Kingship: The gift of gold presented by the Magi to Jesus symbolizes His kingship.

Frankincense - Symbol of Divinity: Frankincense, one of the gifts, is an aromatic resin often used in religious rituals. This gift symbolizes the divinity of Jesus.

Myrrh - Symbol of Sacrifice and Mortality: Myrrh, a fragrant resin used in embalming, serves as a symbol of sacrifice and mortality. The Magi's gift of myrrh may foreshadow Jesus' sacrificial role and His eventual death.

Combined Symbolism - Comprehensive Worship: Together, these gifts offer a comprehensive symbolism of worship. The Magi, representing different aspects of Jesus' identity and mission-His kingship, divinity and sacrificial purpose.

Lesson 3: Responding to the King (Matt. 2:12)

A. Obedient to Divine Guidance: The Magi heeded the divine warning in a dream, guiding them to return home by a different route. Similarly, we are called to be obedient to God's guidance in our lives, following His leading even when it diverges from our plans.

B. Transformed Lives: Encountering the King transformed the Magi
The magi diligently explored the Scriptures, searching for signs that would lead them to the promised king. They ventured far from home, investing significant time, talent, and treasure in encounter with the King. Upon meeting Him, they offered meaningful gifts, and their lives were forever altered.



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