CAN YOU BE TRUSTED WITH THIS GIFT? – Dec 23, 2018
Matthew 2:1-12 (NLT)
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,
2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem.
4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.”
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared.
8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.
10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!
11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, And They Bowed Down And Worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod.
1. WHAT SACRIFICE DO YOU BRING?
Matt. 2:2 We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.”
Matt 2:8…… come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too.
26 “If You Want To Be My Disciple, You Must, By Comparison, Hate Everyone Else—Your Father And Mother, Wife And Children, Brothers And Sisters—Yes, Even Your Own Life. Otherwise, You Cannot Be My Disciple
1 John 4:7-8 (NKJV)
7 Beloved, Let Us Love One Another, For Love Is Of God; And Everyone Who Loves Is Born Of God And Knows God. 8 He Who Does Not Love Does Not Know God, For God Is Love. Says “Beloved, Let Us Love One Another For Love Is From God And Everyone That Loves Is Born Of God And Knows God. The One Who Does Not Love Does Not Know God For God Is Love.”
Matthew 19:29 (NLT) says,
“29 And Everyone Who Has Given Up Houses Or Brothers Or Sisters Or Father Or Mother Or Children Or Property, For My Sake, Will Receive A Hundred Times As Much In Return And Will Inherit Eternal Life.
3. CAN YOU BE TRUSTED WITH THIS GIFT?
Matthew 1:23…. they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’”