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Worshiping King Jesus!

December 10, 2015

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Wednesday of Advent 2                                           Trinity Lutheran Church

9 December 2015                                                       Murdock, NE

 

+Jesu Juva +

 

Matthew 2:1-12

 

Micah prophesied it in the eighth century B.C. while Israel was threatened with extinction by the powerful and tyrannical Assyrian empire. Now what he promised is fulfilled. That’s no surprise. After the rhythm of Advent is the rhythm of the Bible: promise and then fulfillment.

 

Through preacher Micah God promised Israel that He would raise up a ruler for her. A king. But not just any king. This King would be the Savior who would Shepherd the people of Israel. The Divine Shepherd King would provide her freedom and everlasting peace — salvation.

 

The promise is fulfilled. The divine King is born! He has arrived just as God pledged. Let’s go and worship the infant King.

 

But where to find Him? When you go looking for this Davidic Messianic Savior King you go to the capital, Jerusalem. He would be living in a palatial, capital palace. Where the Middle Eastern Wall Street-ers and political powerbrokers make their deals and their fortunes. That’s what the Magi naturally think. So off they go. And we too. We tag along.

 

The Magi find a king all right in Jerusalem. His name is Herod. Man is he powerful! Politically nimble. Passionate. Cruel. A ruthless murderer. His nickname is “The Great.” A descendant of Esau.

 

Herod is not the promised king! Far from it. No other king in his royal capital residence. So, if not Jerusalem, where? Where is the divine shepherd King promised by Micah? The Messiah King that would give salvation to Israel and all people?

 

Better get out the Scriptures boys. What a great idea! How innovative! Way to think out of the box for a change! “Chief priests and scribes, what does the Bible have to say about this One born king of the Jews? Where is He?”

 

In the little town of Bethlehem! Just as Micah prophesied!

 

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

 

Bethlehem? Yes, by-no-means-least-Bethlehem! Herod gives the order for the Magi to find the Baby Ruler and report back to him so that he too can worship. Liar! Fraud! The last thing on his mind is worship. His mind is reeling with jealousy and plans for murder.

 

Nonetheless, the Magi follow the star. It stops at the house where the Child and His mother are. They worship Baby Jesus. Micah’s word finds its fulfillment in Jesus! He is the One born king of the Jews!

 

He is Immanuel, God with us! Born to save His people, the Magi and you from their sins (Mt 1:21). That was the entire reason for Micah’s promise. The King born in Bethlehem is the Savior King. He came not to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many (Mt 20:28).

 

So, what are your sins? Name them. Confess them. Some you know very well. Some of which you’re clueless. Living in and from your Baptism into Christ you daily fight and die to your sin. That’s having proper use of Jesus born King of the Jews and FOR YOU. Proper use of King Jesus is to use Him for the forgiveness of your sins. That’s the highest worship you can give Him. This is His reign. His lordship. Ruling as the Savior, forgiving you of everything and giving you heaven.

 

In the name of Jesus.

 

 

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