[Guest Post – Carter Whyte Pastoral Intern]
This Sunday we are going to be learning from the Bible, using an illustration from the movie Elf! Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies! If you have seen the movie, you’ll know that Buddy is no ordinary guy. If his yellow tights weren’t enough to prove that, his ability to eat so much sweet food without packing on the pounds should be proof enough! (Do you remember what an elf’s four food groups are? Candy, candy canes, candy corn, and ______[Answer below]).
In a similar way, Jesus was no ordinary man. Jesus was not just a good man, a great example, or a spiritual friend – Jesus is _____[Answer on Sunday]! This Sunday we are going to be learning more about who Jesus is, from the narrative of Matthew 2:1-12.
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.
We hope you can join us this Sunday!