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WHOSE THE KING?

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What happens when Jesus shows up to our kingdom?

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LAST WEEK

We looked at the Messy Genealogy of Jesus Christ
We concluded that if God could use those people
There is nothing that should stop us from being available
If God could turn a liar into the Father of the Faith
If God could use a prostitute to protect His People
If God could change the mind of Jesus’ Step Dad
He could use anyone to further His Kingdom
He could use anyone to bring Hope to the Hopeless

THIS WEEK

We are going to pick it up in Chapter 2 of the Gospel of Matthew
What I would like for us to ask ourselves is this:
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REACTION WHEN YOU HEARD THE NAME OF JESUS?
WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US TO CALL HIM KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN JESUS IS CENTRALIZED?
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE ACCEPT THE INVITATION TO FOLLOW JESUS?
CAN WE LIVE ETERNALLY SECURE WITHOUT AN EARTHLY TRANSFORMATION?
AND INTERPRET IT VARIOUS DIFFERENT WAYS
WE CAN LISTEN TO THE SAME SERMON
AND RESPOND IN TWO TOTALLY DIFFERENT WAYS
WE CAN BE PART OF THE SAME CHURCH
YET BE ON TWO SEPARATE JOURNEYS
ASK YOURSELF
HOW CAN WE LIVE A MORE CHRIST CENTERED LIFE?
TURN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR AND ASK THEM
HOW CAN WE DO THIS TOGETHER?
WHAT WAS YOUR INITIAL THOUGHT WHEN YOU FIRST HEARD THE GOSPEL MESSAGE?
MAYBE TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY YOU’VE HEARD THE NAME OF JESUS CONSISTENTLY
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOSPEL BEGINS TO TRANSFORM US FROM THE INSIDE OUT?
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT?
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE MORE TENURED SAINTS
HOW DOES JESUS’ KINGSHIP EFFECT OUR EVERY DAY LIFE?
“JESUS IS LIFE CHANGING”

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We looked at the Scandalous Arrival of Jesus We looked at the history of a Jewish Marriage The Process The Details How it would have went down for Mary & Joseph How the Will of God put them in a tough position But Joseph realized that the Will of God was better than any advice or counsel that he could ever receive from those around him.
This Week

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Matthew 2 NKJV
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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.” 9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” 19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
TURN TO
PRAY THAT GOD WOULD REVEAL HIMSELF TO US. THAT HIS PERFECT WILL WOULD CHALLENGE US TO EMBRACE THE PROCESS OF CHANGE.
MATTHEW 2:1
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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Matthew 2:1–2 NKJV
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 have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
Let’s begin to set the scene For 400 years there hasn't been any spiritual action in Jerusalem or the world for that matter No Prophets No Voice Crying in the Wilderness No Call to repentance The only thing that had grown is the dominance of the Roman Government Because of the great opposition between the Romans and the Jews Augustus, the Roman Emperor at that time, knew he needed a strong leader over the region of Judea He needed someone Narcissistic He needed someone ruthless He needed Herod the Great A man who was insecure and thought everyone wanted to take his throne, including his kids Augustus admittedly said “It is safer to be Herod’s sow than his son” “It is safer to be one of Herod’s pigs, than it is to be his own flesh and blood” This dude was a genius, but he was gnarly He built a crazy kingdom for himself Filled with Fortresses in Masada, the Herodium Aqueducts throughout Jerusalem Constructed the Second Temple This dude was indeed great, but something happened when Jesus came into this world As we read, some wise men came from the East to Jerusalem Who where these guys? These guys were Magoi, or Magos The name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers, and false prophets These men, may have been Jewish exiles living in the East due to the extradition that had happened in centuries past. Like any psychic, they may have a hunch of whats happening, but they are looking for some evidence So after seeing His Star The Star of Jesus The star that was mentioned in I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not nigh: there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, They booked it to Jerusalem to go Worship Him. Think about it for a second These dudes were known as outcasts, secular in every way Yet, in contrast to the religious leaders They were the ones actively looking for the Messiah While the others made sure they polished their white washed tombs. These dudes were actively seeking out the Messiah My question is: Why would God reveal himself to men who would be known as false prophets? Why would He chose women to be the first to tell of His resurrection? Why would His angel appear to Shepherds, who had no voice in Society? Why would wise men, astronomers, be looking for Jesus? God was definitely doing something different Something new Something out of this world While some where excited about what Jesus was doing Others reacted in a troublesome way
LETS SET THE SCENE
For 400 years there hasn't been any spiritual movement in Jerusalem or the world for that matter
No Prophets
No Voice Crying in the Wilderness
No Call to repentance
The only thing that had grown is the dominance of the Roman Government
Because of the great opposition between the Romans and the Jews
Augustus, the Roman Emperor at that time,
Knew he needed a strong leader over the region of Judea
He needed someone Narcissistic
He needed someone ruthless
He needed Herod the Great
A man who was power hungry and insecure and thought everyone wanted to take his throne, including his kids
Augustus admittedly said “It is safer to be Herod’s sow than his son”
“It is safer to be one of Herod’s pigs, than it is to be his own flesh and blood”
This dude was gnarly, but a gnarly genius
He built a crazy kingdom for himself
Filled with Fortresses in Masada, the Herodium
Aqueducts throughout Jerusalem
This dude was indeed great, but something happened when Jesus came into this world
As we read, some wise men came from the East to Jerusalem
Who where these guys?
These guys were Magoi, or Magos
The name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers, and false prophets
These men, may have been Jewish exiles living in the East due to the extradition that had happened in centuries past.
Like any psychic, they may have a hunch of what was happening
So after seeing His Star
The Star of Jesus
The star that was mentioned in
A start shall come out of Jacob
Representing the Scepter that would rise out of Israel
Numbers 24:17 NKJV
17 “I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.
They booked it to Jerusalem to go Worship Him.
Think about it for a second
These dudes were known as outcasts, secular in every way
Yet, in contrast to the religious leaders
They were the ones actively looking for the Messiah
While the others focused on living a legalistic lifestyle
These dudes were actively seeking out the Coming Messiah
My question is:
Why would God reveal himself to men who would be known as false prophets?
For the same reason He would
Chose women to be the first to tell of His resurrection
His angel appear to Shepherds, who had no voice in Society
To flip the script on spiritual predictability
So that the foolish things of this world would confound the wise
God was definitely doing something different
Something new
Something out of this world
MATTHEW 2:3-
While some where excited about what Jesus was doing
Others reacted in a troublesome way
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘ But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
Matthew 2:3–8 NKJV
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ” 7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
Herod the King was troubled.
GREEK: Tarasso
to agitate, trouble to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity to disquiet, make restless to stir up to trouble to strike one's spirit with fear and dread to render anxious or distressed to perplex the mind of one by suggesting scruples or doubts
Why would he be troubled?
He was King Herod the Great
The man that feared no one
Why would he be troubled?
Because everything he worked hard to gain was being challenged by the news of the coming Messiah
When you are the King, and the wise men are looking for someone else
When you are the King, and you are not the center of attention
When you are the Great, and someone greater arrives
You better believe, that whoever you thought you were, has taken a back seat
Herod wasn’t the only one troubled, all of of Jerusalem was troubled also
All of a sudden,
Messiah had arrived, and instead of rejoicing, peopled were troubled.
People didn't know how to absorb the presence of God here on this earth
They didn't know what to do when everything they had studied came to life and dwelt among them
Their God had been spiritually silent for over 400 years
They didn't know how to respond when God showed up to keep His Word
For some, Jesus was a threat, for others he was a Savior
King Herod, upon hearing what the word on the street was
Gathered the leaders together
The Spiritual Leaders of Jerusalem, the Chief Priests and the Scribes
And he asked them where Jesus would be born
So they responded, in confidence, because they knew where Jesus would be born
They knew he would be born of a Virgin
They knew He would be known as a Nazarite
And even though they knew, they couldn’t shake the troublesome atmosphere
They Responded:
According to He will be born in Bethlehem
They said: According to He will be born in Bethlehem
For out of Bethlehem shall come a ruler One who will shepherd the people of Israel
This prophecy not only told Herod where He was, but what Jesus would do.
This was ultimately threatening to Herod and to the Jewish People
So Herod, being Herod, calls for the wise men, and asks them when the star appeared
Then He sent them to Bethlehem to find the Young Child
CHURCH, WE ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN HEROD
WHEN JESUS COMES INTO OUR STORY,
WHAT WE BELIEVE IS OUR DEEPEST IDENTITY,
WHAT WE BELIEVE IS OUR DEEPEST IDENTITY,
WHAT WE BELIEVE IS CORE TO US
WHAT WE BELIEVE IS CORE TO US
GETS ROCKED
GETS SHAKEN TO ITS CORE
Matthew 2:9–12 NKJV
9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
MATTHEW 2:9-
So the Wise Men went in search of the child
They began to follow the Star of Jesus
9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.
This Star guided them throughout the journey
Until it physically stood over the place where the child was
When the star stood still, they knew they had arrived and they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy
These dudes were pumped
They came into the house and beheld the young child who was with His mother Mary
They responded by prostrating themselves before the Lord in Worship.
They knew what was happening
They knew who Jesus was
So much so, that they had already prepared gifts to give him
Gold: To proclaim His Royalty
Frankincense: Proclaiming His Divine Nature
Myrrh: Prophecying Of His Death
After worshipping Jesus, and confirming what the Heavens had declared to them
They departed back to their homeland
But not the way they came before
They used a different route because of what the angel had warned them of in a dream.
Matthew 2:13–18 NKJV
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”
So the Wise Men went in search of the child They began to follow the Star of Jesus This Star guided them throughout the journey And physically stood over the place where the child was When the star stood still, they knew they had arrived and they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy These dudes were pumped They came into the house and beheld the young child who was with His mother Mary They responded by prostrating themselves before the Lord in Worship. They knew what was happening They knew who Jesus was So much so, that they had already prepared gifts to give him Gold: To proclaim His Royalty Frankincense: Proclaiming His Divine Nature Myrrh: Prophecying Of His Death After worshipping Jesus, and confirming what the Heavens had declared to them They departed back to their homeland But not the way they came before They used a different route because of what the angel had warned them of in a dream.
After the Wise Men had departed
MATTHEW 2:13-
The Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and gave him some instructions
“Get up and take your wife and child to Egypt”
“Stay there until I bring you word.”
“Herod is seeking to destroy the Young Child”
As Joseph obeyed and departed to Egypt,
Herod becomes extremely upset
The wise men who promised to bring back word of where Jesus was at, never returned
So what does he do?
He orders his men to kill every male child born in all his districts who were under 2 years old.
Though this was a brutal blow to the families of many, it was also a fulfillment of prophecy
What Herod did was ruthless and tragic, and I wish there was a way this could have been prevented.
But the fact of the matter is, is that it shows how the heart of man can react when it is deeply challenged by the Gospel
One thing we have to remember is that a fulfilled prophecy means that God foretold a specific event, whether we view it as bad or good,
He knew it would happen
It doesn't mean he had pleasure in it.
It doesn't mean he enjoyed seeing it happen
Some prophecies were joyful, others were hard to swallow, especially for Jesus
In this case:
It was simply pretelling the inevitable response of man to the Good Promises of God
It foretells how one man responded to God’s ultimate plan of Salvation.
SO WHAT HAPPENED?
Matthew 2:19–23 NKJV
19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” 14 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.”
After the Wise Men had departed The Angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and gave him some instructions Get up and take your wife and child to Egypt Stay there until I bring you word. Herod is seeking to destroy the Young Child As Joseph obeyed and departed to Egypt, Herod becomes extremely upset The wise men who promised to bring back word of where Jesus was at, never returned So what does he do? He orders his men to kill every male child born in all his districts who were under 2 years old. Though this was a brutal blow to the families of many, it was also a fulfillment of prophecy What Herod did was ruthless and tragic, and I wish there was a way this could have been prevented. But the fact of the matter is, is that it shows how the heart of man can react when the Good News is preached One thing we have to remember is that a fulfilled prophecy means that God foretold a specific event, whether we view it as bad or good, He knew it would happen It doesn't mean he had pleasure in it. It doesn't mean he enjoyed seeing it happen Some prophecies were joyful, others were hard to swallow, especially for Jesus In this case: It was simply pretelling the inevitable response of man to the Good Promises of God It foretells how one man responded to God’s ultimate plan of Salvation. So what happened
After Herod passed away
19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
19 Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.” 21 Then he arose, took the young Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region of Galilee. 23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream
After Herod passed away An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream He commanded Joseph to head back to Israel since those who sought to kill Jesus were dead. Not only did this action fulfill a prophecy in its obedience It also fulfilled a prophecy concerning the identity of Jesus Not only was fulfilled when Jesus journeyed back to Israel from Egypt But the prophets also said that he would be a Nazarene Though there is no specific Bible Reference this comes from We know Jesus was rejected by men We know He would be mocked and ridiculed We know He would be despised among men What we didn't know was that his hometown would be one of the reasons for these events. The public would ask themselves “Could anything good come out of Galilee?” Which was the region in which Nazareth was located. A place despised by traditional Jews.
He commanded Joseph to head back to Israel since those who sought to kill Jesus were dead.
Having a fear for what that meant
The Angel warned him again
It also fulfilled a prophecy concerning the identity of Jesus
Diverted his path
Not only was fulfilled when Jesus journeyed back to Israel from Egypt
Which put Joseph, Mary, and Jesus in a city called Nazareth
But the prophets also said that he would be a Nazarene
Though there is no specific Bible Reference this comes from
We know Jesus was rejected by men
We know He would be mocked and ridiculed
We know He would be despised among men
What we didn't know was that his hometown would be one of the reasons for these events.
The public would ask themselves “Could anything good come out of Galilee?”
Which was the region in which Nazareth was located.
A place despised by traditional Jews.
CONCLUSION
Here is the deal:
We have to come full grip with what Jesus Arrival does to the heart of man
We have to realize what is being challenged here
We have to realize what is being challenged here Herod had probably never ever felt threatened in his life No one had ever challenged his authority No one had ever been more popular than he was No one But when Wise Men come into town speaking of a Coming Savior All of a sudden everything that he worked hard to for is being challenged. For Herod, He failed to realize that what Jesus could do in his life would only make him better Better than what he thought was better Better than what the world thought was better Better than anything he could ever imagine Jesus’ Arrival has the ability to make everything Eternally Better But this change, is hard to implement Why? Because its a full blown identity change from what you thought was good, to what is perfectly good and flawed at the same time. It is going from an status based identity to a savior based salvation It is going from a valuation based on results To a valuation based on the person and work of Jesus Christ. A valuation that doesn't fluctuate with your performance A valuation that doesn't change according to your circumstance When Jesus comes into our world for the first time Men and women will either see him as a threat or as a Savior They will either puff up their chest or prostrate themselves before a Holy God. They will either come to worship or seek to kill him. We can conclude that when Jesus arrives You cant help but allow Him to change you.
Herod had probably never ever felt threatened in his life
No one had ever challenged his authority
No one had ever challenged his earthly worth
No one
No one had ever challenged his earthly reputation
But when Wise Men come into town speaking of a Coming Savior
All of a sudden everything that he worked hard for is being challenged.
His entire worth was being challenged
Herod failed to realize that what Jesus could do in his life would only make him better
Better than what he thought was better
Better than what the world thought was better
Better than anything he could ever imagine
Jesus’ Arrival has the ability to make everything Eternally Better
1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Jesus’ Arrival has the ability to make everything Eternally Better
Jesus’ Arrival has the ability to make everything Eternally Better
But this change, is hard to implement
Why?
Because its a full blown identity change from what you thought was good, to what is perfectly good in his eyes
It is going from an status based identity
To a savior based identity
It is going from a valuation based on results
To a valuation based on the person and work of Jesus Christ.
A valuation that doesn't fluctuate with your performance
A valuation that doesn't change according to your circumstance
When Jesus comes into our world for the first time
Men and women will either see him as a threat or as a Savior
They will either puff up their chest or prostrate themselves before a Holy God.
They will either come to worship or seek to kill him.
MAYBE TODAY, THIS WORD HAS CHALLENGED OUR IDENTITY
MAYBE YOU’VE BEEN BELIEVING A LIE
THAT YOU HAVE TO FIT INTO A MOLD
THAT YOU HAVE TO LIVE UP TO THE WORLD’S STANDARDS
THAT YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW IN MAN’S FOOTSTEPS
WHAT WILL IT BE?
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