Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Why and What of the Message: The Gospel elicits Worship and stirs people to Obedience or Rebellion

Scripture: Matthew 2:2-3
"Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him." When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

Insights: Today’s verses cover two aspects of the magi’s message.  The first one deals with why the magi came seeking the Lord Jesus in the first place.  The answer to that why is worship.  They told Herod they had seen the star in the east and had come to worship this Child.  Herod’s response leads us into the second aspect of the magi’s message for today.  It answers the question of what.  In other words, what is the response people have to the gospel?  They are either obedient or rebellious.  Herod is an example of a rebellious heart.  We know this because the verse states he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.  Why was Herod troubled?  The answer was because he thought his reign was coming to an end because of this Child.  As a result, he was going to do everything he could to hang on to his reign and rule; therefore, he made it very difficult on the people of Jerusalem as he was stressing over his own situation.  Beloved, these truths also affect us today.  In every situation and circumstance of life we have the same choice in regards to God’s grace.  We can either choose surrender which takes on the form of obedience or we can choose to be stiff-necked which takes on the form of rebellion.  When we rightly choose obedience to the Father and His will, it will inevitably lead to worship of Him.  These magi saw His star and immediately began to obey Him as they traveled a great journey to worship the Christ Child.  It is my prayer that as we approach 2014 that we will live our lives like these magi.  We will daily strive to walk in obedience to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I pray we will be compelled to worship and adore Him because of His great love for us.  Make the decision now, in regards to next year, to walk in obedience to Jesus.  It will be the best decision you make.

  1. How would you describe your worship before the Lord?
  2. Is your life characterized as one of obedience or rebellion?

Prayer: Father, transform my heart to obediently worship and serve You.  As this year of 2013 closes, I truly want You to be my one desire in 2014.  Mold me daily as I worship You into the image of Your Son, Jesus.  Amen.

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