What Made The Wise Men Wise? (Matthew 2:10-12)

  1. They worshiped Him with the right attitude. These men were looking for the King. They expected to find Him. When they lost sight of the star for a brief period of time, they did not give up and go home. They kept going believing that something special had taken place. When they saw the star again, “they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy” (Matt 2:10).

Are you expecting to encounter the living Christ this Christmas?

  1. They worshiped Him with the right altitude. I realize that sounds preacherly, but that’s what they did. When the magi arrived in Bethlehem and found the Child that they had been seeking for years, they fell on their faces and they worshiped. They didn’t stand there and gawk. They didn’t work the room pressing flesh and kissing babies. They weren’t worried about appearances. The text says the “fell down” and they “worshiped him.” (v. 11a)

How are you planning on spending your Christmas?

  1. They worshiped Him with the right gratitude. The worship of the magi did not end with their falling prostrate before the young Child. Their worship continued as they presented their gifts. They brought riches not pittances. They brought their best not their leftovers. They brought gifts befitting a King. (v. 11b) What are you offering Jesus this Christmas? An occasional thought or the worship He deserves? ( Article: Peter Beck)

The bumper sticker says: Wise Men Still Worship Him.   Do you?

On Mission,

Pastor Johnny

Who was St. Nicholas aka “Santa Claus”?

It is important to know authoritative history. The true story of Santa Claus begins with Nicholas, who was born during the third century in the village of Patara. At the time the area was Greek and is now on the southern coast of Turkey. His wealthy parents, who raised him to be a devout Christian, died in an epidemic while Nicholas was still young.

Obeying Jesus’ words to “sell what you own and give the money to the poor,” Nicholas used his whole inheritance to assist the needy, the sick, and the suffering. He dedicated his life to serving God and was made Bishop of Myra while still a young man. Bishop Nicholas became known throughout the land for his generosity to those in need, his love for children, and his concern for sailors and ships.

Under the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruthlessly persecuted Christians, Bishop Nicholas suffered for his faith, was exiled and imprisoned. The prisons were so full of bishops, priests, and deacons, there was no room for the real criminals—murderers, thieves and robbers. After his release, Nicholas attended the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. He died December 6, AD 343 in Myra and was buried in his cathedral church.

Source: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/

On Mission,

Pastor Johnny