Saturday, 17 December 2011
What Gift Will I Bring To Jesus?
Pastor Jonathan looks at the story of the wise men who visited the baby Jesus, answering the question of what made them wise, the significance of the gifts they brought, and the gifts that we can give to Jesus.

WHAT GIFT WILL I BRING TO JESUS?

Contemplating Christmas Questions– Part 3

Jonathan Bernd

December 18, 2011

Matthew 2:1-12 (NCV)

“Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the East came to Jerusalem. They asked, ‘Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’

“When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, as well as all the people in Jerusalem. Herod called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of the law and asked them where The Christ would be born. They answered, ‘In the town of Bethlehem in Judea. The prophet wrote about this in the Scriptures:
'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are not just an insignificant village in Judah.
A ruler will come from you
who will be like a shepherd for my people Israel.' "  Micah 5:2

“Then Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men and learned from them the exact time they first saw the star. He sent the wise men to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Look carefully for the child. When you find him, come directly and tell me so I can worship him to!’

“ After the wise men heard the king, they left. The star that they had seen in the east went before them until it stopped above the place where the child was. When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy.   They came to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their gifts and gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. But God warned the wise men in a dream not to go back to Herod, so they returned to their own country by a different way.”

WHAT MADE THE WISE MEN WISE?

1. _____________________________________________

“Where is the baby who was born to be the king of the Jews?”

2. _____________________________________________

We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.

3. _____________________________________________

“Then Herod had a secret meeting with the wise men and learned from them the exact time they first saw the star.”

4. _____________________________________________

“They bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and gave him their gifts of gold and of frankincense and myrrh.”

GOLD = the most precious metal, the gift for a KING

FRANKINCENSE = used in Temple worship to GOD

MYRRH = a spice used to embalm a body after DEATH!

WHAT SHOULD I GIVE TO JESUS?

1. ____________________________________________

“But you, Bethlehem, Efrata, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel,  who is from of old, from days of eternity.”

(Mic. 5:2)

2. ____________________________________________

“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live!” (Hebrews12:9)

3. ____________________________________________

“Trust the Lord with all your heart, and don't depend on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

“David risked his life when he killed Goliath the Philistine, and the Lord won a great victory for all Israel.”(1 Sam.19:5)

4.    __________________________________________

“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” (Matthew 10:29)