We started a new Christmas series called Glimpses of Glory. We looked at the story of King Herod and the wise men. From their perspectives we can catch a glimpse of how the birth of Jesus and His Kingdom can impact our lives.
King Herod was threatened and disturbed by the birth of Jesus and later wanted to kill him. He sees Jesus as a threat to his kingdom. When obedience to Him calls us to respond, we can be like King Herod and view God's kingdom and Christ's purposes as a threat to our kingdoms (our wants, our desires, our hopes, our treasures, our plans). Brian reminded us that living for the Lord and making an impact for His Kingdom with our time, resources, and devoting our lives to follow after Jesus are the kind of things that will last. (i.e. The eternal value of leading someone to know Jesus will last forever.) If we live to build up ourselves and build temporary kingdoms---in the end it will fade and be destroyed (just like a lego house is easily torn down - see sermon for illustration). Bottom line: God's Kingdom never fades. We can live to build up our name or build up His name.
King Herod sent the wise men to find Jesus. And it says in Matthew that, "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him." They were sent to find him, but when they arrived they worshipped. Normally you don't visit a new baby and spontaneously start worshipping. That would be weird. But they recognized that Jesus was different. We see that Jesus, the Son of God was born to be our Savior. And He is worthy to be worshipped.
You can watch this week's sermon online at www.fbckopperl.org or click here.