Grace Community Church

Magicians and a Madman

Given on December 11, 2011 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-18
NOTE: Audio for this sermon is not currently available.
Sermon Series: Advent 2011 - The Characters of Christmas

What caused these Persian priests to travel over 1000 miles on camelback to see a baby? Why do you think the religious leaders in Jerusalem were unwilling to travel the six miles to see what was happening in Bethlehem? What did the Magi do once they discovered the child?

In Deut. 4:29 it states that we will find the LORD when we seek him with all our heart and all our soul. How do these pagan priests illustrate the reality of this verse? What are you doing in your life to “seek” after Jesus?

How did Herod respond when he heard the news from the Magi? Why do you think he responded as he did? In what ways are unbelievers threatened by Jesus today? What attempts are being made in our culture to eliminate Jesus and his threatening claims of authority over people’s lives?

To whom do you relate most in this section of Scripture – the Magi, Herod, or the religious leaders of Jerusalem? Does your heart lean more toward worship and giving your best to Jesus, opposing and seeking to eliminate his “bothersome” presence, or apathetically ignoring him?