A Curious Journey


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Go Beyond Christmas – December 1, 2019
A Curious Journey
 
The beauty of Christmas is that it points to something beyond – the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and Eternity.
 
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.
  1. A Curious Search
The Magi set off on their search for the Messiah by following a star. 
 
They weren’t Jews or from the house of Israel, but they wanted to see and worship the new King.
 
A new star in the sky was typically prominent in the signs behind the birth of a new king.
 
Proverbs 8:17 ESV
[17] I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
 
As Christ followers, are we still searching or seeking Christ in our lives.
 
Questions to ask if you’re wondering:
  • Am I asking more questions than I’m answering?
  • Am I looking for input or justification?
  • Am I willing to take risks that look foolish in the world’s eyes?
  • Do I filter ideas by how difficult or easy something is?
  • Am I approachable?
  • Can my friends say anything without fear of reprisal?
  • Do I still find joy in the simple things of life?
  • Am I always looking for a better way to do something that works?
  • Am I empowering others to lead and giving them the space to fail?
  1. A Curious Response
The Magi recognized there was someone to pay homage to but Herod rejects this new king and decides to remove him by killing the young boys.
 
Philippians 2:5-8 ESV
[5] Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [6] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, [7] but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. [8] And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
 
Matthew 10:34-39 ESV
[34] “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. [35] For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. [36] And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. [37] Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. [38] And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. [39] Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
 
Fostering wonder invites us to explore the character and nature of Christ.
  1. A Curious Future
We need to be mindful to see God’s presence all around and in us.
 
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
[10] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
 
“Good works” does not refer to a giant task list that Jesus has for us. Our “good works” are other people.
 
How are you affecting the current generation? How about the previous generation?
 
Challenge: Are you searching for Christ in your life?