Below is the text to my second Christmas tract as promised before Thanksgiving. You can download the tract here. God bless you and enjoy your Thanksgiving.
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, 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. (Matthew 2:1-2)
We do not know how many wise men came that day, just that there was more than one, coming from a far place because they had seen a star that proclaimed the birth of The King of The Jews. And they came with a purpose: to worship the King. The word for worship means to fall prostrate. You are face down in a position of unconditional surrender and are at the mercy of those you are bowing down to and you are defenseless in front of them. That is the only way to approach the King of Kings, not with any agenda of our own but yielding our lives to Him.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were 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 unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. (Matthew 2:9-11)
This is not the babe in the manger but a young child at home with His family when the wise men arrive. We see that real worship cost. It cost them in time, travel, and the cost their offerings. Even in their offerings there is a significance:
- They gave gold, a tribute to the King of Kings.
- They gave frankincense. Used both in the making of the incense that was burned in the tabernacle and the meal offering. The meal offering is a peace offering and symbolizes Jesus role as our High Priest and that He makes peace possible between us and God.
- They gave Myrrh, used in the embalming processes pointing to Jesus’ sacrifice as the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.
Matthew Henry wrote that the magi became wise men when the sought Jesus. The first step in seeking Him is to make Him your Saviour. To do this, You Must….
- Realize and accept the fact that we are sinners (for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23)
- -Realized and accept the fact there is a consequence for your sin (the wages of sin is death. – Romans 6:23a). This is eternal separation from God.
- -We must call upon the name of the Lord to be saved (Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. –Romans 10:13
- -Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
So if you do believe then say a prayer something like this: Jesus I know I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and save me. Take me to heaven one day and help me to live for You, in Jesus’ name, Amen These are not magic words just a guide. If you have believed and confessed then you are saved.