Sunday School Material 12-24-17: Faithful Seekers of the King

(Matthew 2:1-12; 12/24/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that Jesus was worshipped by Magi. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to worship God and obey His will.

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Read Matthew 2:1-2

I. Making the Effort. Jesus has been born in Bethlehem. In our Sunday School material some Magi/astrologers have come to Jerusalem seeking Jesus. They came to worship Him.

Applications –

- Jesus the King. Notice in vs. 2 that Jesus was born already being the King of kings. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is God the Son. As such, He was alive before He put on flesh in the gospel accounts.

Jesus did not become king by way of an election or by way of birth right from an earthly father. He was born King because He has always been and shall always be God. Let’s live like we believe that Jesus is king.

This kind of living should be known for obeying and trusting Him. At the core of obedience are the issues of making sure that you are saved by accepting Jesus as your savior by faith and that you are living a life focused on loving God with all that you have and loving others, as you love yourself.

Read Matthew 2:3-8

II. Probing for Information. In our Sunday School material, King Herod was disturbed by news of the new born king. The religious leaders indicated that a king would come out of Bethlehem. Herod told the Magi to tell him where the king was, so he could come and worship the king as well.

Applications –

- Knowing some things about God’s word. Notice in vs. 5 that the religious people knew what the scriptures said about the birth of the king. In like manner, as disciples of Christ, we should know some things about God’s word.

No one knows everything. But as disciples, we should know about the authority of scripture, salvation by faith, discipleship, and principles related to the church. Prayerful study and obedience will help us in this area. Let’s work on knowing somethings about God’s word.

- Hidden agendas. Notice in vss. 3-8 that Herod had a secret agenda behind his questions. In like manner, people can ask all kinds of questions with all kinds of agendas behind them.

First, we should seek God’s wisdom in responding to questions. Some questions don’t even deserve to be answered.

Second, we should make sure that we are not manipulative and deceptive with our questions. Believers should be known for their truthfulness. We should have honest reports. Let’s work on responding to questions in godly ways.

Read Matthew 2:9-12

III. Worshipping the King. In our Sunday School material, the Magi found the child Jesus. They worshipped Him. Their worship included giving. Being warned in a dream, they went home by way of a different route to avoid Herod’s plans.

- Worshipping Him, instead of her. Notice in vs. 11 that the Magi worshipped Jesus, not Mary. There are some Catholics who get uncomfortably close to worshipping Mary. There are others who seem to worship their money, loved ones, or themselves. Only God is worthy of our worship. Let’s make sure that we only worship God and worship Him with enthusiasm.

- Worshipful giving. Notice in vs. 11 that the Magi’s worship included giving to the One they worshipped. It is strange to see how God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, wobut many who claim to love Him struggle to give Him a dime out of a dollar.

We should give to God, because we love Him enough to obey His will about proportionate giving (i.e., 10%+). Too many see giving as only paying dues in their church club. But giving should be an act of worship unto the Lord. Let’s work on our worshipful giving.

- Hearing and obeying. Notice in vs. 12 that the Magi heard and obeyed God’s will. First, we should work on hearing what God wants us to do. Prayerfully studying the Bible with a mind to obey is the best way to know God and His will for our lives. Wise counsel, wisdom, and peaceful conscious are secondary to the Bible.

Second, knowing right without doing right is a sin of omission. We should work on doing what God has called us to do. Let’s work on hearing and obeying God’s will.

Conclusion: Let’s work on worshipping God and obeying His will. God has much for those who obey Him.

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