Faith Finds Jesus and Worships Him
Jerry A Collins
1. FAITH RESPONDS TO REVELATION ABOUT JESUS AND DESIRES TO WORSHIP HIM 1-2
The story traces the quest of these magi to find the one who is born King of the Jews.
(1) Where did they come from?
All we know is they are from the east. Maybe from
(2) What did they know?
Somehow they knew to come to
Somehow they knew Jesus was King of the Jews vs 2 This knowledge motivated them to travel and give worship to this King. This knowledge is the critical aspect of this story. The whole story revolves around this knowledge. For the magi, it is to find this king and worship Him. For Herod, it is to find this king and destroy Him. For God, it is to reveal this king and celebrate Him. For Matthew, it is to acknowledge this king and identify Him. It is clear that they recognized this child was indeed a King. Perhaps God revealed this to them when they saw the star. What they reveal to us is the proper response to the revelation about Jesus—faith and worship. They came looking for Him based on that revelation. God has revealed the Son to Us and Jesus has clarified that He was sent to us.
2. UNBELIEF FEARS THAT JESUS INTERFERES WITH LIFE 3-8
The desire to worship is replaced with a troubled spirit.
(1) Where did he come from?
This is Herod the Great and he was not the rightful king from the line
of David. Any study of Herod will immediately show he was a ruthless and
paranoid tyrant. When he heard that the magi were seeking for the One who had
been born king he was disturbed vs 3. In fact he was
not even a descendent of Jacob but was descended from Esau an Edomite. He reigned over
(2) What did he know?
Even Herod had made the connection between the prophecy, the star and the visit of the magi vs7. He knew that the Jews had a messianic hope, believed a Messiah, deliverer, would be born. Herod had asked them when they had first seen the star vs 7. This revealed later on that Herod was already contemplating a plan to get rid of this young king vs 16 because he immediately put his well laid out plan into action having had. This, of course, God would prevent, for Herod’s intent was evil vs 8. Notice the secrecy almost conniving taking place in this sequence of events. There is a pretense of interest but all a cover-up. People make a pretense of wanting to know Christ but are more concerned that His presence will interfere with their lives, their power, their ambitions, their lifestyle. The world is full of people who want to know about Jesus but not because they are looking for the One who will save them from their sins.
3. THE WAY OF FAITH LOOKS FOR GODS PROVISION OF A SAVIOR AND FINDS JESUS 9-10
They went their way, the star ahead of them, they were overjoyed, saw the child, do homage, present their gifts, and went home by another route warned in a dream. This was their intent of their coming all this way. Matthew is telling us that this child was far more than a future king. Only if He is divine could He be worshipped. We do know that they worshipped Him. It seems they became believers because they worshipped the King of Kings having left their own country’s gods behind to do this. Mary is not the mother of God. Mary is the mother of the physical body of Jesus that is all. Mary is not to be worshipped, Jesus is. The magi looked right past her to the child. They presented gifts to him and worshipped him only. These gifts appropriate for a king. This warning suggests that God was directly communicating with these men and that their role in this whole event was by divine design. And this makes us aware of the primary mover in the story, God. He is not specifically mentioned, but His presence is obvious. 1. The star had guided them. 2. The prophecy had identified Christ. 3. The dream had warned them. Without this divine intervention they would never have come, the scribes would not have known where to send them, they would certainly have fallen into Herod’s trap. The supernatural element moving in the lives of the magi is the true cause of their actions. No other gospel account has this story but other passages reveal the intent of these magi. Phil 2:10-11 because of the wonderful salvation Jesus provided God has highly honored Him. Every knee will give homage to Christ. In revelation, in heaven, he receives all honor, power, praise. So the magi are a little preview of what everyone will do in future, bow before Him as Lord and King. Faith looks, finds, submits, worships and follows even if still not clear how it will all work out.
(1) There is only one way to God (Acts ). The magi were led
to the baby at
(2) Worship focuses on God the Son plus nothing. the magi traveled for months, worshipped the baby of
(3) Circumstances are to be used for wisdom not a
mystical sign of the will of God. Joseph followed the Word of God to return to