"There is none righteous, not even one"
The Bible teaches us that mankind is sinful. All are born in sin and are sinners. All of mankind is depraved and under God's righteous judgment; there are none who are good, not one.
As such, mankind is in need of a Savior. The Bible teaches us that Christ is that Savior and He is the only One that can save us because He is God in flesh, the Son of God. He has died for our sin and taken the punishment we deserved, though He is without sin; He is the perfect sacrifice, the Lamb of God. He is our penal substitutionary atonement. He is the only way, truth and life--we must go to Him to get to God the Father.
This is only possible through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ.
This Sunday's Sermon Info
Matthew continued with his historical narrative, providing more details as he recorded the period of time after the birth of Jesus Christ. Herod was king at that time, but he was an illegitimate king because he was an Edomite and had no claim to be the king of the Jews. His kingship had been given to him by military might and that only by the Roman Empire’s hand. Herod knew he was a usurper. When these oriental specialists (probably Persian), men trained in the formal sciences and considered men of some significance, arrived searching for “He who has been born King of the Jews”, Herod immediately knew his kingship was threatened. Matthew recorded that Herod “was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” Evidently, Jerusalem, the capitol city of Israel, did not expect such an entourage of Gentiles to arrive searching for the “ruler who will shepherd My people Israel.” Herod was no king of Israel, and he certainly was not the prophesied shepherd of the Jewish people. The historical narrative of the Persian scholars seeking the Jewish Messiah is an amazing narrative of Gentile pagans, familiar with the Old Testament prophecy of the King of the Jews, coming by faith to meet their Savior King. Matthew clearly reveals the contrast between these Gentile Persian scholars seeking the Lord Jesus and the chosen people Israel ignorant and even hostile to His first coming. This will set the stage in a foreshadowing of the life and ministry of the Jewish Messiah, “A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.” (Isaiah 53:3)
This Sunday's Sermon Outline
Point I: The Wise Men (1-2)
Point II: The Foolish Men (3-8)
Point III: The Gifts for the King (10-12)