The Call to Worship

by David & Stephen Olford

David and Stephen OlfordText: "Behold wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying"where is he who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him." (Matthew 2: 1-2; read also verses 3-11)

Thought: Who these wise men were, and how many they numbered, and whether they came from Chaldea, Persia or Arabia may be interesting, but quite unimportant. What is impressive and remarkable is their faith, their search and their achievement. In their hearts was a deep longing for the appearance of a Savior-King, and when they saw His star there was only one desire which possessed them and that was to fall at His feet and worship Him. To them, the birth of Christ was:

A Call to Directed Worship. "We have seen His star in the East, and have come to worship Him" (v. 2). Wherever there are hungry hearts and questing spirits God directs His word to men is, "you will seek Me, and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). God is waiting to direct us to His beloved Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. Just as the star guided those seeking men to the cradle of the Christ, so the Holy Spirit yearns to lead us to the feet of the Saviour "in wonder, love and praise."

A Call to Determined Worship. "We have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him" (v.2). Have you ever sat down with a Bible Atlas and attempted to work out a journey undertaken by the Magi? Wherever they came from, it is fairly evident that they faced vast distances and dangers. How this story condemns those of us who have it so good! With liberty to worship, modern facilities to travel, and religious services planned to accommodate our varied needs, we still absent ourselves from the house of prayer, and never fail to grumble when a little sacrifice is expected of us. Oh that there might be more determination in our acts of worship, not only at Christmastime, but all through the year!

A Call to Devoted Worship. "And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His Mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gift to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh" (v 11). These were tokens of devotion and dedication. As far as the wise men were concerned, the Babe of Bethlehem was the King of kings, and therefore worthy to receive their best and their all. Can you and I give Him any less?

Thrust: Christmas is a call to worship; so "let us come and adore Him, Christ the Lord."

David Olford teaches expository preaching at Union University's
Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, Tennessee

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