YEAH! Church - Sunday, December 26, 2021
"Heroes of the Bible” – God sent His angels to tell shepherds that His Son had been born on the night of Jesus’ birth, but that isn’t all He did. He also caused a bright star to shine that lead wisemen from the east to begin the long journey to meet the newborn king.
Today’s Lesson - “The Greatest Hero is Jesus – His Star”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk1LhnqROCM (Saddleback – Jesus and the Wisemen)
Today’s Heroes – Revered as a King (Matthew 2:1-15)
On the night that Jesus was born, God caused a special star to shine. Wisemen from the east recognized that this star meant that a new King of the Jews had been born (we don’t know how they knew, just that they did). They knew that this was a special baby and decided to make the long journey to take presents of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Those were strange gifts to bring for a baby, but entirely appropriate to bring for a king. They knew that this was no ordinary baby.
The journey took them sometime and they weren’t entirely certain where to find him, so they first visited Herod’s palace in Jerusalem. Where better for a baby king to be born than in a palace? But their arrival made Herod, the current king, jealous. Herod thought that a new king would mean that he wouldn’t be king any longer…so he decided to get rid of this baby, no matter that he was God’s promised Messiah. He told the wisemen to keep looking and when they found the baby to let him know. Herod told them that he wanted to go worship the new king, but, really, he just wanted to kill him!
When the wisemen left Jerusalem, they again saw the star and it directed them to Bethlehem and showed them the house where Jesus and his family now lived. They presented Jesus with their gifts and even bowed down to worship him. When they had left though, they did not return to tell Herod. They were warned in a dream what Herod’s true intent was and they went home a different way so that they wouldn’t have to pass through Jerusalem.
When Herod learned that the wisemen weren’t coming back, he was furious and ordered that all the baby boys in Bethlehem and the surrounding countryside, two years of age and younger, should all be killed! He would have killed Jesus, too, except Joseph received a warning in a dream that he should take Mary and Jesus and escape to Egypt…and they left right away. The family did not return to Judea until Herod died and his son became the new king.
• On the night Jesus was born, God wanted to make certain that His arrival didn’t go unnoticed. Angels told shepherds, but how did God ‘tell’ others from distant lands?
• The wisemen knew that Jesus was a special baby—the king of the Jews. What gifts did they bring?
• They didn’t know exactly where to find the baby, so they stopped to check in at Herod’s palace. Why did this make sense to do? What problems did it cause?
• Herod’s jealousy caused him to try and kill God’s promised Messiah. Why did Herod think he was such a threat? Why did Jesus actually come?
Matthew 2:10-11, NLT – “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.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you that you showed that Jesus came for all people. His first visitors on the night He was born were shepherds. Then you lead foreigners, men from the east, to come. Thank you, that I can know Jesus as my Saviour and King, too!
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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