Yass Community Baptist Church
Part II of our 2018 Christmas series
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  • Yass Community Baptist Church
    50 Laidlaw St, Yass NSW 2582, Australia
    Sunday 10:00 AM
Christmas Time

It’s Christmas time. It is a time of year that life gets a little bit crazy. There are lights, decorations, presents, carols and more. In the midst of all that we remember the birth of Jesus.

In contrast to modern day Christmas celebrations the biblical stories of Jesus birth and early life can seem understated and brief. Today we continue our exploration of the birth and early life of Jesus as told in Matthew’s gospel.
Would you walk 500 miles? (How about 500 more?)
Unlike a lot of our nativity scenes, the 3 wise men were not at the birth of Jesus.

As we move forward in our story, we see a description of wise men (or Magi), from the east, who have walked somewhere in the vicinity of 1500km to worship Jesus, a toddler and peasant, but yet the Messiah.

We also meet King Herod; tyrant and usurper of the throne of Israel.

What about Jesus inspired this trip? What should this mean for our own journeys?
It's time to get out of the chair
The birth of the Messiah should be a joyous occasion right? Then why were those who should have been most overjoyed the most concerned?

Herod (and Jerusalem with him) cling feverishly to the throne, and to the status quo with it instead of following in the footsteps of the Magi. And in doing so, reject Jesus.

Are you too busy clinging to the throne to worship Jesus?
The significance of Jesus is much wider reaching than just Israel. The sole purpose of the Magi’s visit was to worship at the feet of Jesus. These Magi are the first fulfillment of all nations bowing at the feet of Jesus.

The truth revealed in this story is this; Jesus is worthy of worship. This is true before the miracles, before his teaching, before the cross, before the resurrection, before his birth.

Will you worship Him for who He is, not just what He has done for you?
The birth of the Messiah caused a split in people's reactions.

Some clung to their thrones, seeking to retain the control and rule of their own lives. Some bowed down in reverent worship of the Saviour King.

How will you respond?

Life Group Discussion Questions Below

As our life groups gather this week, we have attached our reference verse and some questions to prompt a deeper discussion and search into this week's topic.

If you are not currently part of a life group, and would like to join a small group of like minded people in fellowship and connection during the week, please contact Nick on 0417472474 to register your interest.
1. Christmas is full of stressors and things to think about. What occupies most of your thoughts and time in the Christmas season?

2. Why do you think that Herod and Jerusalem were so concerned at the news of the birth of the new King?

3. Do you ever find yourself waiting to worship until Jesus does something in your life you believe is worthy of worship? Why do you think this is?

4. The trip the Magi took was a huge one. They sacrificed their time and money to follow a star that they had been called to follow. What star is Jesus calling you to follow at the moment? Are you ready to follow?

5. Are you clinging to the throne (and whatever you have put on it), or have you let go to bow down and worship Jesus?

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