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Living in Two Kingdoms – by Dr. Glenn Jago

Living in Two Kingdoms (Christmas Sunday)

Matthew 2:1-12

It is interesting to read this passage with a sensitivity toward looking at the contrasts between two distinct, and unequal, kingdoms – Satan’s and God’s. Throughout Old Testament history, God revealed his predetermined will to those chosen by God to carry out his will, while Satan pursued his desire to stop, kill, or disrupt it. Now when God the Son took on flesh and came to this earth, Satan used his resources to destroy this baby, while God fulfilled prophecy.

There are included, within this familiar Christmas story of God incarnate being born, secondary insights intended for believers to gain victory against the kingdom of Satan. This sermon will seek to demonstrate an encouraging word that will help believers live by faith in the power of God at work no matter what Satan’s kingdom throws at them.

The Story’s plot:

I. God’s unstoppable plan –

II. Herod’s unspeakable passion –

III. Wise men’s unrelenting praise –

The Story’s pursuit:

1. Living in God’s kingdom means pursuing God’s truth

2. Living in God’s kingdom means poised to fight the enemy by God’s power

3. Living in God’s kingdom means passionate worship of Jesus Christ

 

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The Visit of the Wise Men

2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘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.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.

Matthew 2:16

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.

Matthew 2:16

Herod Kills the Children

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

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