Authentic or inauthentic worship
Brother Pablo Molina
Matthew 2:1-12 (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.”
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.
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.’”
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.”
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.
Have you ever been fooled by something that appears real but is not?
It happens all the time at the movies by the magic of CGI (computer generated imagery). When you go to the movies you pay for and expect to be fooled but you don’t want to be fooled in spiritual matters.
When Jesus was born more than 2000 years ago, the three magi came to really worship Him, sincerely. Herod’s motives were not sincere.
We don’t know everything that is to be known about the Magi, but we know they came to worship “He who has been born King of the Jews.”
Authentic worshipers desire worship (v1).
The Magi left everything to pursue worship.
It was natural for them to come to Jerusalem, the city of the Jewish king. But Jesus was not born in Jerusalem, He was born in Bethlehem, the city of David and Joseph.
Worship means when we come into the presence of God, we desire Him. It means: “I come into His presence and I bow before Him, thank Him and offer myself to willing service, humility and obedience before Him.”
Inauthentic worshipers deceive in worship. (vv. 3-8)
After Herod learned about the Old Testament prophecy of the birth of Christ he prepared a plot (v. 7-8)
Authentic worshipers delight in worship (v.9-11).
Something in us should say: “I don’t worship because I have to, I worship God because I love to worship Him.”
The Magi brought expensive gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh. The reason why they brought these gifts is found in verse 11. Verse 10 tells us “they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. The way we should come when we come to offer a service to Him. Worship was the purpose of their visit.
Let us do our best to offer a sincere, joyful service to Him every time we meet for service.