1. The Magi brought gifts for a King.
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to
- Jesus is the Messiah, the King of Kings, and is due honor and worship from every person, Jew or Gentile.
2. The Magi didn’t keep quiet about Christmas.
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:38-40
- Worshippers will encounter two types of responses to Jesus this Christmas: indifference and hostility.
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. Romans 1:16
3. The Magi gave expecting nothing in return.
- Worshippers honor Jesus with sacrificial gifts.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
A Worshippers Guide to Giving Gifts:
7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. II Corinthians 9:7-8