The purpose of Christmas
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.
Christmas Puts Your Worship to the Test (vv. 1–2)
Are you willing to seek Him first even if you must put everything aside in order to put Him first?
The Magi came specifically to worship Him.
Christmas Calls You to Worship Like the Rest (v. 2)
Sometimes it is necessary to go it alone in our commitment. Sometimes we need to join with the crowds that worship Him. The Magi were foreigners and said, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews . . .for we . . . have come to worship him” (v. 2). The wise men weren’t Jews.
Christianity is not small or confined to a local site. If it takes a group of anonymous Persian astrologers who were nothing like us to teach us that our Lord deserves our worship, then we should be ready to learn this Christmas.
The purpose of Christmas is the worship of the One who is bigger than anyone that ever lived, Jesus our Lord