Grace Community Church

Would You Have Gone?

Given on August 22, 2021 by Brett Helvie
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus tells his disciples later in Matthew that it is very difficult for the rich to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (19:23). Why do you think this is so? What does Herod have to lose if Jesus is declared “King of the Jews”? Why is Jesus so threatening to some in our world? Where do you see Herod-like behavior operating in our culture today? Do you see any modern schemes or plans to “murder” Jesus or eliminate his presence?
The religious leaders in Jerusalem knew the Scriptures well and recognized that the Christ was to be born in Bethlehem. Why do you think they didn’t make the 7 mile journey from Jerusalem to Bethlehem with the Magi? To what do you attribute their apathy and indifference to going to see the one born “King of the Jews”?
The Magi are the only ones who seek, find and worship Jesus in this section? What would make this so surprising for one of Matthew’s Jewish readers for whom astrology and magic were strongly forbidden? What does this tell us about God’s heart for outsiders?
Which of these characters do you most relate to? Have you ever come to Jesus and acknowledged him as your ruler? If not, why not?