December 26, 2021 SUMC 9am Worship Service

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Dec. 26, 2021

Rediscover Christmas: King of Kings

Matthew 2:1-12

When they [the wise men] saw the star, they were filled with joy! 11They 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.

Matthew 2:10-11

1.  Insights From Matthew 2:10-11:

     a.  Wise Men or Magi: Wealthy and Educated Gentiles

     b.  The Gifts:

          i.  Frankincense: 

                1.  Practical: It possesses antiseptic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, digestive, sedative, uterine, and vulnerary therapeutic properties. It was expensive but needed to help treat sickness and wounds.

               2.  Spiritual: The priests burned it as a fragrant offering to God for the forgiveness of sins. It symbolized the prayers of the people rising to God just as the smoke rose to the heavens.

          ii.  Myrrh:

               1.  Practical: It was a valuable gum like substance use as an anesthetic and was a commonly known ingredient to embalm the dead.

               2.  Spiritual: It foreshadows Jesus as the Suffering Servant, the Lamb of God, born to die for sins of the world!

          iii.  Gold:

               1.  Practical: It was the chief measure of wealth.

               2.  Spiritual: Because of scarcity and value it was thought to be a gift fit for a king. Jesus is the King of all the kings. 

For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

Timothy 6:15

2.  Three Responses to Jesus as King:

      a.  Herod opposed Jesus as King. 

     b.  The Jewish priests dismissed Jesus as King.

     c.  The wise men bowed to Jesus as King.