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Seeking the Savior    Matthew 2:1-15    December 23, 2012


       I like the emphasis that wise men seek the Savior.

1.    The Wise Men Followed A Star . . Seeking the Savior.   v 1-2

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, 2 saying, "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.”

       A.   The Wise men . . Unexpectedly Sought the Savior. v 1

       1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived

       unexpectedly in Jerusalem,

       B.   The Wise men . . Uniquely Sought the Savior. v 2

       2 saying, “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.”

       It is interesting that the wise men, all of a sudden. came looking for the Christ child. You know the time between the Book of Malachi and this happening took nearly 400 years. This is entirely in the control of God as He timed this event and the details in His will. As we think about the return of Christ all of the dates and details are also in His control. The presence of the wise men came unexpectedly but in God’s prescribed time.

Following a star occurred uniquely, but it was prophesied in the book of Numbers 24:17. Many say these men were star gazers and God used their occupation in a unique way.

2.   The King Disturbed All Jerusalem. . Seeking the Savior. v 3-8

      A.   The King Assembled the Priests and Scribes . . Seeking the Savior. V 3-4

       3 When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 So he assembled all

       the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Messiah would be born.

      B.   The Priests and Scribes Knew Where to Look . . Seeking the Savior. v 5-6

       5 "In Bethlehem of Judea," they told him, "because this is what was written by the prophet:

       6 are by no means least among the leaders of Judah: because out of you will come a leader who will 

        shepherd My people Israel."

C.   The King Summoned and Commanded The Wise Men . . Seeking the Savior. v 7-8

       7 Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. 8 He sent

       them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and search carefully for the child. When you find Him, report back to me

       so that I too can go and worship Him."

       Do you find it interesting that the priests and scribes could respond quickly as to where the Messiah would be born? It seems it was rather common knowledge for those with some religious training. But the quarterly asked a question I never thought of before: “why didn’t any of them go search for this significant happening.” That is very curious to me. But another question is prominent; can you search for the Messiah for the wrong reason like King Herod did? As we look at our world today the answer comes resounding, “Yes you can.” Seeking the

Savior takes on a new dimension and meaning with Herod. But the wise men continued to seek the direction of God and they are rewarded.

3.    The Wise Men Continued to Follow the Star and . . Found Christ the Savior. v 9-12

       A.   The Wise Men Continued Following the Same Star . . Seeking the Savior. v 9-10

       9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was the star they had seen in the east! It led

       them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were

       overjoyed beyond measure.

B.   The Wise Men Entered the House Where the Messiah was Born . . Seeking the Savior. v 11-12

       11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped

       Him Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And

       being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.

       The quality of persistence certainly benefitted the wise men. As they left King Herod the Spirit used the Star to direct them to the place where they could see the Messiah Child. They were so pleased they immediately fell on their knees and expressed their worship. The next thing they did registers their significant thoughts of the Babe. They gave expensive gifts. Did you ever thing those gifts would pay for the trip to Egypt? These men continued to be led by the direction from God and did not go back to talk to Herod.

4.   The Lord’s Direction Led the Wise Man and Joseph to . . Flee. v 13-15

       A.   Joseph Received . . Orders from An Angel to go to Egypt. v 13

       13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "Get up!

       Take the child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search

       for the child to destroy Him."

       B.   Joseph Immediately . . Obeyed the Angels Orders. v 14-15

       14 So he got up, took the child and His mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt. 15 He stayed there

       until Herod's death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of

       Egypt I called My Son.

       The Devil desired to kill Jesus before He ever got to the Cross. The Angel of the Lord directed the protection events on the way to Egypt and later on the return. God protected the prophecy of this event. He can be trusted to bring to fulfillment all of the past and future prophecies. Today we seek the return of the Savior as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We can believe the future is guaranteed because of the reality of past victories in Seeking the Savior. Amen? Amen