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God Above Our Heads

posted Dec 21, 2013, 7:20 AM by Jeff Gravens   [ updated Dec 21, 2013, 7:21 AM ]

In the previous weeks of Advent we have looked at God in our brokenness and God in our disappointment.  Today we look at God above our heads.  While God is with us – even in our brokenness and disappointment – He is still above our heads. Let’s continue that journey by looking at [Matthew 2:1-12].

God above our heads.  I take that from the star that guided the Magi to Jesus.  Yet, what I mean is that we have a God worthy of worship.  A God bigger than us.  A God wiser than us.  A God worthy of worship.

Herod claimed a desire to worship.

The Magi claimed a desire to worship. 

The difference?  Herod claimed but never worship.  The Magi claimed and followed through with actual worship. This passage is one of contrast.  Herod is close by.  The Magi are far away.  Herod perceived Jesus as a threat.  The Magi perceived Jesus as King.  Both Herod and the Magi claimed a desire to worship.  Only the Magi actually worshiped.

When we think of worship we usually reduce it to simply music.  Yet, worship is much, much more. Worship is not music but rather attributing ultimate value.  If you give ultimate value to your job, money, family, social status, appearance than you worship your job, money, family, social status, or appearance,

Why give ultimate value to Jesus? As we have already seen in the Gospel of Matthew: Jesus is the one spoken of by the prophets from long ago.  Jesus saves people from sin.  Jesus is God with us. 

Herod claimed a desire to worship.  The Magi claimed a desire to worship. The difference?  Herod claimed but never worship.  The Magi claimed and followed through with actual worship.  I assume by your reading of this post that you are claiming a desire to worship.  The question is – will you actually worship?

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