Christmas is now world famous, and so the only surprise many people expect during this season is while opening presents. But in fact the manner of the Messiah’s coming was unexpected for many, even among those who looked for him — and he will continue to be a mystery to us today, if we do not know him through his word, the Bible.
This Messiah did not come as an earthly king, but as a lowly servant. He did not come to conquer empires but to suffer for sins. And this Messiah is not proud and removed, but humble and present with each of his people. He is majestic in his meekness, holy in his compassion, mighty in his poverty.
Join us this Advent season, as we consider the Messiah we didn’t expect.
In this message from Matthew 2:11, we notice:
1) Who Are the “They”?
Point to ponder: The people worshiping Jesus are not who we might expect.
Question to consider: Do you think Jesus and Christianity is only for certain “kinds” of people?
2) What Is Our Purpose?
Point to ponder: Above all else, God wants his Son to be worshiped.
Question to consider: Have you been distracted by lesser purposes than the one for which you were created?
3) What Is Worship?
Point to ponder: Genuine worship is self-humiliating, treasure-opening, joy in Jesus.
Question to consider: Are you attempting to worship Jesus without bowing to him, or without sacrificing for him?
4) To Whom Goes the Worship?
Point to ponder: The magi saw the son and the mother, but they only worshiped him. It’s all about Jesus!
Question to consider: Is Jesus at the center of your life, your hope, your joy, your work, your family, your affection?