Wise Men Still Seek Him   Matthew 2:1 – 12

 In our text today we find a problem – a duality of purpose.

In our text today we find good and evil.

 We must never forget that there is evil present among us.

 Today, we need look no further than Sandy Hook Elementary School to find great evil among us.

 In referring to Great evil, Jesus said that  The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy.”  John 10:10

 And the thief…satan…evil…was very busy this week stealing 27 lives, killing innocent children and teachers and destroying the joy of millions, if not billions.

 Do not be surprised that evil is present, be surprised that it is not more prevalent than it is, given our worlds desire to drive all reference of God out of our communities and our lives.

 Many are blaming an inanimate object for this tragedy.  They say “the gun did this”  FOOLISHNESS.

 The guns used in this tragedy are not at fault.

            EVIL IS AT FAULT.

 Many tools have been used by evil over the ages: Guns, knives, bombs, vehicles, snakes, animals,  bows and arrows, rocks, sticks, shovels, dirt, water….and the list goes on.

    • The greatest tool EVIL has used ever since the very beginning of time is:   HUMANS

 Evil has always been present.

  • It was evil that drove Adam and Eve to sin in the Garden of Eden.
  • It was evil that drove Cain to slaughter Abel in the field.
    • Genesis 4:6-7 “”Why are you so angry?” the Lord  asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.”
  • It was evil that drove a Disciple to sell out his Savior for thirty pieces of silver.
  • And in our text today it is evil that drives Herod to fake faith in order to maintain his selfish and temporary power.
    • Herod sought God for his own purpose
      • people do the same today
    • Herod sought God for WHAT HE COULD GET
      • People do the same today
    • Herod used religion for evil
      • People do the same today

 What happened this week, and indeed what happened 2 thousand years ago as King Herod slaughtered thousands of children are acts of evil and great tragedies.

 Tragedy shows us there is evil in the world

Tragedy shows us the consequences of evil

Tragedy shows us our need to be prepared to deal with evil

            Physically

            Emotionally

           Spiritually

Tragedy shows us our need for God

Tragedy should lead us to seek Him and His comfort and peace.

It is good for us to seek God in times of deep tragedy

 In John 10:10, as Jesus taught us about evils purpose, Jesus also taught us why He was here.  Here is that teaching in a fuller context:

   John 10:7-11 “”I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.  Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.  The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.

 You see, there is another force in this universe, A GREATER FORCE.

 GOOD.

 In our text today we find the shepherds seeking GOOD.  They are seeking Jesus.

 They have traveled far, sacrificing their TIME

They used the gifts God gave them, utilizing their TALENTS

They have brought great gifts, giving their TREASURE

 And they were not going to be deterred from their mission to find GOOD, to find the foretold Messiah, to locate JESUS CHRIST!

 Good is worth finding.

Good is worth holding onto

Good is the greatest power.

 King Herod could not defeat GOOD.

No killer will ever defeat GOOD.

Evil will never defeat GOOD

 I have read the end of the story, GOOD WINS!

 The Bible is not some fairy tale generated by man and sold by publishing houses for profit, it is THE WORD OF GOD given so we can HEAR HIM, COME TO HIM, BELIEVE IN HIM and know the TRUTH of what is going on RIGHT NOW in our world, in our families and IN OUR SOULS!

  •  God did not withhold the TRUTH about EVIL – HE EXPOSED IT!
  • God did not leave us defenseless sheep to die in evils grasp – HE TEACHES US HOW TO BE VICTORIOUS OVER EVIL THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!
  • God’s eternal love will ALWAYS and in ALL WAYS defeat the temporary triumph of evil.

 

Resist evil

Run away from evil

Do not be surprised by evil

 

Trust God

 The wise men sought God, and they found Him.

 The wise men found God, and WORSHIPED HIM.

 The wise men worshiped God and rejected the evil plot of the king.

 The wise men chose God.

 Do you?

 Choose Good

Choose Jesus

 Today, yes even today, with all that is going on and going wrong in our world:

 NEVER FORGET THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS:

 GOD LOVES US

GOD IS HERE

JESUS IS WITH US

 WISE MEN STILL SEEK JESUS!

 

 

 

 

 

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