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THIS CHRISTMAS ... LOOK FOR JESUS

By Barry Cameron
December 11, 2015

In his book, How To Listen To God, Dr. Charles Stanley says there are seven primary ways God spoke to people in the Bible:

  1. By direct revelation

  2. Through dreams

  3. Through His written Word

  4. Through His prophets

  5. Through circumstances

  6. Through angels

  7. Through the Holy Spirit

    I would add two more:

  8. A donkey (Numbers 22:21-34) and

  9. A star (Matthew 2:1-12)

In Matthew 2:1-10, we are introduced to the WISE MEN who were looking for JESUS. They said, “We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.” From their story, we can learn some great principles.

When you go looking for JESUS, you will:

1. Run into opposition (Matthew 2:1-8). The wise men came seeking the King of the Jews and ran into the king of the jerks: Herod. Verse 3 tells us when Herod heard of their search he was disturbed. (Frankly, he was disturbed long before this.) The fact is, when you go looking for Jesus it will disturb some folks. Some people won't understand. Others will criticize you. There'll be opposition. The Wise Men ran into it, you will too.

When you go looking for JESUS, you will:

2. Encounter false followers (Mathew 2:7-8). Herod lied to the Wise Men. He wasn't zealous for Jesus; he was jealous of Him. He didn't want to worship Jesus; he wanted to kill Him. When you go looking for Jesus, you'll always run into some people who look and sound like the real thing, but they're on a whole other agenda. (Judas looked like a follower, but he was a fraud.)

When you go looking for JESUS, you will:

3. Find Him (Matthew 2:11). The Wise Men followed the Star and found the Son. William Barclay said, “When the Wise Men came into the presence of Jesus, the Star faded into the background. As the Moon reflects the glory and brilliance of our Sun, so the Star that guided the Wise Men was merely a reflection of the Son of God, the Light of the world.”  

When you go looking for JESUS, you will:

4. Understand the trip was worth it (Matthew 2:10). The Scripture says that “they were overjoyed!” They didn't come to the place where Jesus was and say, “Is this it?” They were overwhelmed, overjoyed, and overcome with thanksgiving. So much so, they gave the very best gifts they had. Unfortunately, too many people in our contemporary society go through the entire Christmas holiday season and never look for Jesus. Consequently, when the holidays come to an end, they say, “Is that all there was?”

When you go looking for JESUS, you will:

5. Wind up worshipping (Matthew 2:11). The Wise Men were so overwhelmed, they bowed down and worshipped Jesus. Unlike many in our world today, they didn't come with empty hands saying, “What can you do for us? What can you give us? What do you have for us?” No. Instead, they came with full hands and overflowing hearts to give of their very best to Him.

When you go looking for JESUS, you will:

6. Go home a different way (Matthew 2:12). The Wise Men went home differently. Not only a different way geographically, but a different way personally. They would never be the same after being in the presence of the King. Their lives were forever altered; their destinies forever settled.

Want to make this the greatest Christmas of your life? Then, this Christmas, go looking for JESUS! Better yet, help others find Him. And you'll give them the greatest gift of all!

Merry CHRISTmas!!

(Don’t forget to help us fill the manger with love gifts for Jesus, and don’t forget the KATs Musical this Saturday night at 6:30!)

© 2015. Barry L. Cameron

BARRY CAMERON

Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.

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