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What is your response to Jesus?

Matthew 2:1-13, Henry De Oliveira, January 6, 2019

Sermon Notes:


  • Introductory anecdote
    • Why does the mention of Jesus cause such negativity?
    • What is your response to Jesus?
  • Since the birth of Jesus, people have been affected by the mention of His name
    • Then and over the past 2000 years
    • It has either brought joy to people's hearts or anger
  • Look at the passage and pick out three different responses
    • How do you respond to Jesus?
  • Overview:
    • Herod's Response (v13)
    • The People's Response (v3)
    • The Wise Men's Response (v2)

Herod's Response (v13)

  • He is troubled and disturbed (v3)
    • He played the nice guy (v4-8)
    • He really wanted to kill and destroy Jesus (v13)
  • Why was Herod so troubled and disturbed by the news?
    • Historical narrative - very jealous
    • This Child was a threat to his throne
    • Herod had made himself lord of his own life
    • He had made himself king of the Jews
    • He likely thought that not even God could take away his throne
  • His interest in the birth of Jesus was merely a fasade
    • Herod really wanted to destroy Jesus
    • He had a proud, selfish and greedy character
    • Are we the same?
  • Pride:
    • Personal anecdote
    • Is there pride in our lives?
    • God hates pride
      • Prov 16:5
    • Yet pride is celebrated the world over
    • Jesus hurts our pride - He humbles us
      • This is why we don't like hearing of Him
  • Selfishness:
    • Personal anecdote
    • Is there selfishness in our lives?
    • Have we thought about 'me, me, me!'?
    • Have we honestly examined the motives in our life?
    • Are we concerned with our interests above others?
      • James 3:16
    • People refuse the presence of Jesus as the only suitable place for Him is at the centre of our lives
  • Greed:
    • Personal anecdote
    • Are we satisfied with what we have?
    • Prov 15:27
    • Jesus calls us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him
  • Are these same character traits that were in Herod, in us?
    • We may not be as 'bad' as Herod but if you have refused and rejected Jesus - you need the Saviour

The People's Response (v3)

  • This is so subtle yet deadly
  • Why were the people troubled?
    • It was not because a Saviour had come or was born
    • It was the mere fact that King Herod was troubled
  • They had not listened to the good news
    • The response is deadly for they are unknowingly shunning the Saviour
    • Is this not the reaction of the world?
    • If you really care about yourself, your children and the future of the nation - listen to Jesus!
    • Listen to this wonderful good news

The Wise Men's Response (v2)

  • The Wise Men came to worship Jesus
    • Historians speculate about the men and their journey
    • They came with one purpose - simply to worship the King
    • They rejoiced with exceeding joy (v10)
  • Why are we here this morning?
    • Are we going through the motions?
    • Did we come to worship Him?
  • Why did they come to Jesus?
    • Isaiah 9:6
    • Beautiful Saviour, Wonderful Counselor
    • John 1:14
    • Matt 1:21
  • Jesus came not just for the Jews - but to save all
    • Including the Magi
  • This child was no ordinary child but the Saviour King

Concluding Remarks

  • What do people say about Jesus?
  • What do you say about Jesus?
  • Jesus came not to condemn but to save
  • What is your response to Jesus? - confess your sin and turn to Jesus
  • Life is not easy - but we have a home in heaven, though we can worship Jesus now
  • He is preparing a home to those who worship
  • What is your response to Jesus?

Sermon Passage:

Matthew 2:1-13

1Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, inquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. 13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. (KJV)

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