Matthew 2: 1 ¶ Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
While this world has seen great and monumental change, when it comes down to it, two thousand years have not changed the mentality and condition of men’s hearts. We truly are living in troublesome times. A time that men’s hearts are failing them for fear of the things coming upon the world. Our world is troubled by many things. Troubled by hatred, troubled by greed, troubled by malice, troubled by evil, troubled by selfishness, troubled by perversion, troubled by racism, troubled by evil doers, troubled by pride and arrogance. Sin is the root cause of the trouble we are seeing today. As a matter of fact the things I mentioned above, are only a few of the problems we face today. These things are the results of sin. Sin has passed upon the whole human race. The Bible tell us that sin is the root cause of all man’s problems.
Christ came into the world for one purpose and that was to save sinners from their sins. He was born to be the sacrifice for sins. He was destined to die for the guilty. He came to seek and to save them that were under the law of sin and death. Christ is the answer for what troubles the world today. He is the only answer to sin. The Creator of Heaven and Earth came in the form of man to save us from our sins.
2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
All have sinned and all need The Savior. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Bible tells us that many were troubled in the days of Christ’s Birth.
When Herod and all of Jerusalem heard the disturbing words about the birth of Christ, he was greatly troubled, but not only him, all of Jerusalem was troubled over this announcement. “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” This provoked men to be troubled. This caused men’s ears to perk up. This cause deep thought about what was going on in the world and especially their hearts. Herod was troubled that another King would replace him and he was so determined not to allow that to happen, he ordered a decree to have all the male infants slaughtered. he would not be dethroned. He would slay and kill any possibility that another King could replace him. We could see that Herod had a reason of selfishness and greed as to why he would be troubled, but all of Jerusalem with him? Why would all of Jerusalem be troubled? No doubt, men were is a comfort zone and they didn’t want anything to interrupt business as usual. They were content to continue a life that appeased the carnal nature of humanity.
Christ did come and fulfilled the plan of salvation for all the human race. God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is accepted of Him. Christ is coming again this time, not as a babe born in a manger. This time He is coming back as King of kings and Lord of lords. He is coming back in an hour that many are not looking for Him. When He comes again, no doubt that He will appear in a troublesome time.
2 Thessalonians 1: 7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
During this Christmas season, let us wholeheartedly turn our hearts toward God in repentance. Let us pray and seek His blessing upon our families. Let us turn to Him in Faith and expectation. While we live in a troubled world, Christ is the answer.
Chapter 2: 1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
We recently began studying the mind of Christ. The preceding weeks we studied the importance of our thought life.
Today we will continue to examine the scriptures concerning our thoughts and how they have a bearing on our relationship with God and will ultimately determine our destiny. The scriptures tell us; “As a man thinks, in his heart so is he.” In other words he actually becomes or carries out what he thinks about. If we think on evil things we become evil. If we think of good things we are likely to do good. The Scriptures admonish us to do good. Jesus was a man anointed with the Holy Ghost that went about doing good. He healed the sick, He was compassionate, He gave hope to the hopeless, sight to the blind. He was full of good works.
We know that in the days of Noah that men’s thoughts were only evil continually. The condition of men’s souls was polluted with violence and evil. Man corrupted himself and was drifting deeper and deeper into sin. He lost his convictions and morals. God was grieved in his heart and was sorrowful that he had made man upon the earth.
As Christians we are responsible for our thoughts. As a man thinks, in his heart, so is he.
The Apostle told the Galatians that be was travailing until Christ was formed in them.
Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Some view Christianity as a mental belief in his existence and what he did for us, but it is much deeper than that, it is being transformed into His likeness and image. We were by natural birth made in the image of God through the First Man, Adam, but we are Spiritually transformed after the Last Adam, which is Jesus Christ. That is why Jesus said, we must be born again of the water and the Spirit or we can not see nor enter into the Kingdom of God.
Being a Christian means being Christlike. Christ formed in us. Taking on his Divine Nature and likeness.
He is our example.
If we ever needed a good example, we need it today. In a world filled with confusion, hatred, strife, turmoil, we have his example to pattern ourselves
His words, his testimony, his record, his example gives us a clearly defined path in which to walk.
He suffered many things at the hands of sinners.
Criticized, Mocked, Lied upon, falsely accused, betrayed, rejected, victimized, called names, scorned, there was a multitude of sinners that were contrary to His Purpose and Agenda. The Pharisees were always trying to trip Him up. They plotted and schemed against Him. He endured the sufferings and pain. He endured because their was a greater prise before Him and that was the redemption of lost humanity that needed a Savior.
- To be like Jesus means we follow his example and allow His Divine Nature to govern us.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
- To be like Jesus means we obey His Commandments.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
- To be like Jesus means we summit to Him.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
- To be like Jesus means we identify with Him.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so
we also should walk in newness of life.
Being Like Jesus means that we do not seek our own…We seek the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness.
Being Like Jesus means that we follow Him as our Shepherd and Trust Him and Submit ourselves to Him in all things. He sometimes leads us through the Valley of the shadow of death, but we will not fear because He is with us each step of the way. Many are the afflictions of the Righteous but the LORD delivers us out of them all. I am glad to know my redeemer lives and has all power both in heaven and in earth. What a Mighty God we serve. He is unique. The One True God and Everlasting Father.
Blessed be the Name of The LORD. IN HIM I MOVE, I BREATH and HAVE my being. The Bible exhorts us to consider Him. To set our affections upon Him. To Glorify God in our body and in our spirit because both belongs to Him.
From the fall of Adam in the Garden through disobedience and the entrance of sin into the hearts of the whole human race. God provided a Promise through the Seed of woman. This Promised Seed would crush and take away the power of sin and satan, but would also restore man back into fellowship with his Creator. This was Promised in Genesis Chapter 3. Through the ages of man, the enemy tried to stop this promise from becoming a reality by destroying the Promised seed. GOD told Abraham that through His Seed would all families of the Earth be Blessed. This was the same Promised Seed that God revealed in Genesis Chapter Three. The enemy used a wicked and selfish Pharaoh to order the male infants thrown into the Nile River. He was concerned that the Population Growth rate of the descendants of Abraham was getting out of hand, however the undermining purpose was the real enemy, satan was doing what he could to destroy the Promised Seed. If he could interrupt the promised by destroying the seed, he could retain his evil empire. Pharaoh was only the devils pawn, used to destroy the children of Abraham.
Again when Israel was in captivity in Babylon, a selfish and vindictive Haman attempted to destroy the Children of Abraham. He cunningly got the King to decree that all the Jews would be destroyed on a certain day. He was especially filled with hatred concerning one Jew in particular, because Mordecai would not bow to him and worship him. This evil Haman was so filled with contempt he eventually self destructed. He ordered the execution of Mordecai and built a Gallows for him to be hanged from. Mordecai was a True Worshipped of the One True God and Prayed. The table were turned on Haman and he ended up being hanged from his own gallows. The Jews were allowed to defend themselves on that eventful day and they were spared.
Again, When Christ was born, a selfish, evil and vindictive King Herod, when he heard the inquiry of the Wise Men, “Where is He that is Born King of the Jews”, Herod was determined to find this Promised King and destroy him. He was not going to relinquish his throne. The underlying purpose was again for satan to destroy The Promise that would crush his head and remove his authority. This Herod told the Wise Men when you find him, send me word that I may also go and worship Him. Herod didn’t want to worship him, he wanted to destroy him. When the Wise Men Found The Christ he was almost Two Years old. Their journey had taken them a long time but it paid off. When we seek the Messiah, The King of Glory we are Blessed indeed. The Wise Men Rejoiced but then they were warned not to Return to Herod, so they returned home another way. Joseph was also warned by God in a dream that Herod wanted to destroy the Christ Child and He, Mary and Jesus needed to flee into Egypt. Herod saw that he was mocked of the Wise Men he ordered his soldiers to destroy all the male infants in Judea, two years old and under. Again this was satan trying to stop the Promised seed. This Seed was the Promise that God Himself, Emanuel, God With Us would carry our sorrows and would become the Sacrificial Lamb to take away the sins of the World.
Again, later when Jesus began his earthly ministry, satan tried to tempt Jesus but that didn’t work, he attmpted to cause the evil and jealous pharisees to rise up against Jesus. The enemy used these men to plot to destroy Jesus. When Jesus was crucified, satan thought he had won, by stopping the Promised Seed. Actually this was his demise. When Jesus was crucified, and his blood was shed, this was the means to forgive and cleanse man from his sins. Jesus our Savior was born to die for us. He took all of our Guilt, Shame, Condemnation and sins and died in our place. We were the guilty ones and He was the Innocent One. THE HOLY ONE, THE ONE TRUE GOD manifest in Flesh for the purpose of loosing us from the power and influence of sin. Thank God for Calvary. Yes Jesus was born to be our Sacrificial Lamb. He was bruised at Calvary but arose Triumphant and Victorious over death, hell and the grave. As We Celebrate His Birth this Season, May we also Celebrate The Victory we have Through Him. We are Blessed by what he did. Notice satan, Pharaoh, Haman, and Herod were selfishly clinging to their kingdoms. But also Remember that Jesus unselfishly died so we can live.
GOD BLESS You and Your Family.