December 26 Sermon

Audio link here

The outline is weak.  Originally, I was going to be preaching Isaiah 65, and changed at the last minute.  Well, not quite the last minute.  I changed about 3 hours before church.  I have changed sermons during the offertory before, but that's pretty rare.

Matthew 2

Magi:

Highlights: sought, found, with joy. Exceeding joy! Worship! For the opportunity to give:

3 Gifts:

Gold

Frankincense

Myrrh

Precious due to rarity

Gifts given to show how much more valuable the receiver is than the gifts

What do we learn:

Gold: wealth of the earth

Frankincense: often used in religion

Myrrh: a burial spice

Like many things, these had multiple uses, but these are some of the main ones.

Therefore:

1. How should I use my earthly wealth in view of the coming of Christ?

2. How should I use my religious life in view of the coming of Christ?

3. How should use my lifespan in view of the coming of Christ?

Realize:

1. Not everything goes well: The Magi went to the wrong place to begin with

2. Not everyone means well: Herod

3. Not everything ends well: The Magi had to leave a different way

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