A Star shining on the King

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Matthew 2:1-12

 

What an incredible story. And do you know what, this story actually happened. The Wisemen did indeed follow the Christmas Star and it led them to Jesus, where they bowed down and worshipped him. Now we did have to imagine what the star said, because well, I’ve never heard of a star actually talking before. When it comes to the wisemen, the bible does give us a record of what they said, as it does for king Herod. These words were read to us earlier when some of our KLAG Children read the 12 verses of the second chapter of Matthews Gospel.

So three points from today’s Christmas story.

Firstly, The Star – I have three beautiful children. And they are indeed loved by God and very special to me. Yet, none of them had a star shinning on the place where they were born. And I’m pretty sure that there weren’t any stars pointing the way to where anyone here was born. There has only ever been one who had a star guiding others to him. And that was Jesus. For God made the heavens and the earth and as we read in Genesis chapter 1:16, God also made the stars. God made this star to shine where Jesus was. It was a sign for everyone that the time had come, that God had sent his son to rescue us from our sins. The wisemen knew that this was Jesus’s star, for they said “We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:2b.

As exciting as the star is, it isn’t the main part of the story. You could almost say that the star isn’t the star of the story. For you see the Christmas Story is all about the birth of Jesus. It is the birth of God’s own Son. The star wasn’t the only thing that pointed to Jesus, everything throughout all of history had been leading to this moment when God’s son Jesus would be born. In today’s passage we can see what the prophet Micah had said when talking about the town of Bethlehem “for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” God’s plan had always been that Jesus would be born to save God’s people.

 

Secondly, this baby was born a King.

The Bible had spoken about the coming Messiah. King Herod himself asks where this Messiah is to be born in verse 4. Now the word Messiah means the King who would save God’s people. Jesus was born a saviour king. That was what God has sent him to be. We know that Jesus must have been special because these wisemen came a long, long way to see Jesus. And they didn’t come just to see him, but to worship him. They bowed down before him. They did this because he was the one true King. Verse 2 of today’s passage:

“Where is the one who has been born King of the Jews?” Jesus wasn’t someone that would later become a King, he was born a King. He was the ruler that God had appointed, and the words make it clear. The Magi ask, where is the one who was born King of the Jews.  Jesus is indeed the king of kings. The one true King.

 

Thirdly, there is a right and proper response to Jesus. The Wise men showed us this. It is to bow down and worship Jesus. If Jesus is God’s own son and the true King of all things. Then Jesus is to be worshipped, to be followed, to be believed in.

I’m sure you all know what it is like to be happy. I can tell you that there are many things that make me happy. A pretty sunset, my children’s smiles, the kids singing up on stage this morning. All of these things make me really happy. But listen to just how excited the Wisemen were when they realised that the Star had led them to Jesus. That the star they had been following for a long time was over the place where Jesus lay. Verses 9 & 10: “ After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

So they weren’t just happy. This was Joy like they had never known before. And why were they joyful. Well they had found the King of Kings, the baby who would change the whole world forever. The star was like a guide, and had guided these wisemen to the Baby Jesus. Of course we know that they weren’t the only ones who had been to visit Jesus. The song that the kids sang earlier reminded us of the words from the Gospel of Luke where we read that the Angels had told the shepherds that they ‘bring good news of great joy for all people. Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” The wise men didn’t just stand there amazed, they worshipped Jesus. Verse 11 of Matthew 2 says “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and myrrh.”

 

At Christmas we celebrate a baby being born. But this is not like every other baby that has been born. This baby is God’s own Son. The birth of this baby changes everything. God who created the heavens and the earth, the stars and all of the animals, the birds, the fish and you and me. God sent Jesus his son to be with us.

 

Conclusion

So God used the Star to lead the Wisemen to his Son. They realised he was God’s own King and they did the only appropriate thing. They bowed down and worshipped him.

The wonderful thing about the wisemen coming to worship Jesus is that it shows that Jesus came for all people. For these wisemen were from a distant land. That were not part of Israel. This was amazing news.

God sent his one and only son into the world for everybody. Wisemen brought gifts, but the real gift was given by God. God had sent his own son to be a gift for the whole world. The wise men worshipped because as Luke 2 says Jesus birth was good news of great joy for all people. There was never a birth like this before or after Jesus. As John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Christmas reminds us that God sent his son because he loves us and wants us to worship the true King, his Son Jesus and live with him forever.