Sunday Sermon // Here Comes The King :: King of Majesty

Here Comes the King // King of Majesty

[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]

We were made to worship..

What IS worship?

Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1, 2 NLT)

When these men show up to see Jesus, they don't strike up the band (that would've been weird) yet the have “come to worship”.

So, Jesus was the center of their worship. Even though they weren't singing to him, he was still the object of their affection/worship.

 

And Jesus is not always the object of everyone's worship..

..because Jesus threatens people.

When we feel threatened our natural instinct is to take control of the situation.

Herod was threatened by the announcement of a messiah so he tries to take control of the situation.

King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!” (Matthew 2:3-8 NLT)

Herod was not in the right lineage to be rightful king. The prophecy said that the King would come from the line of David, and Herod was from the line of Esau. So Herod, in fear, orders all the babies of Jerusalem to be killed.

Herod was not the rightful king. And we are not the rightful king of our lives either.

Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles. So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies. They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. (Romans 1:21-25 NLT)


But when we really see Jesus, our response is to worship Him!

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod. (Matthew 2:9-12 NLT)

  • They bowed. An act of humility and surrender to a majestic king.
  • They gave gifts. Precious and meaningful gifts showing the kings worth and the subject's willingness to give everything for the king. This showed that they prepared to visit the king.
  • They worshipped. The right response to a sovereign king.

 

When was the last time you acknowledged Jesus as king?

When was the last time you bowed in humility to Jesus the king?

When was the last time you gave to Jesus the king because of what he's given to you?

 

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