The Kingdom Unveiled #3 – Matthew 2

Matthew 2:1-23
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.”

> The Wise Men (Magi)

“Magi” Gr. magus

Why did they come? (a bubble)

When King Herod heard this, he was deeply disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 

> King Herod

Why was Herod so troubled? (bubble)

So he assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people and asked them where the Christ would be born. “In Bethlehem of Judea,” they told him, “because this is what was written by the prophet: And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah: Because out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”  Then Herod secretly summoned the wise men and asked them the exact time the star appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. When you find him, report back to me so that I too can go and worship him.” After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was—the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 

> 4 gifts of the Magi:

1) Gold (Royalty – KING)

2) Frankincense (Divinity – PRIEST)

3) Myrrh (Death – SAVIOR)

4) Their Worship

12 And being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their own country by another route.

13 After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Get up! Take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt. 

Why did they go to Egypt? (bubble)

15 He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called my Son.

Hosea 11:1
1 When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

16 Then Herod, when he realized that he had been outwitted by the wise men, flew into a rage. He gave orders to massacre all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under, in keeping with the time he had learned from the wise men. 17 Then what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; and she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.” 19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, because those who intended to kill the child are dead.” 21 So he got up, took the child and his mother, and entered the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned in a dream, he withdrew to the region of Galilee. 23 Then he went and settled in a town called Nazareth to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Why Nazareth? (bubble)

>> 3 Reactions to the birth of Jesus:

1) Hatred (Herod)

2) Indifference (Priests)

3) Worship (Magi)

Is Jesus YOUR Messiah?

The Kingdom Unveiled #2 – Matthew 1

(This week’s sermon, rather than “fill in the blanks”, encourages you to make notes of your own)

Matthew 1:1
This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

Genealogy

Matthew 1:18-25
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Joseph

Who is the child?

The Kingdom Unveiled #1 – Overview of Matthew

> Central Truth: The kingdom of God is at hand, and your heart is built for it.

> Primary purpose: to show that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.

> 3 Roles that Jesus fulfills:

1) King

2) Prophet

Jesus as the new Moses:

Moses

Out of Egypt

Crosses the Red Sea

Wilderness for 40 years

Receives the Law on the mountain

Jesus

Out of Egypt

Baptism in Jordan River

Wilderness for 40 days

Gives a New Law on the mountain

3) Priest

> Organization of the Book of Matthew

>> Introduction (Ch. 1-3):

>> 5 sections about the Kingdom of God

1) Jesus unveils God’s Kingdom (Ch. 4-7)

2) Jesus brings the Kingdom to the people (Ch. 8-10)

3) Different responses to Jesus (Ch. 11-13)

4) Different expectations about the Messiah (Ch. 14-20)

5) The clash of the Kingdoms (Ch. 21-25)

>> The Finale (Ch. 26-28)

> Things to look for as you read:

1) Old Testament quotations

2) People who accept Jesus

The kingdom of God is at hand, and your heart is built for it.