Scripture Focus: Matthew 2:1-12
This week, we travel back a bit in Matthew. Last Sunday, we read of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph’s escape from Egypt. Today, we look at the visit of the Magi—a visit that has been added to and added to over the centuries. But when we add names, and numbers, and ideas of the star to the story, we risk missing out on the true meaning of this passage. Matthew, in this reading, is telling us that God is opening the Kingdom to everyone! The Magi, most importantly, represent the Gentiles around Matthew’s audience. There are vital lessons in how we worship, how we express ourselves to God, and how we can more fully live a life of faith in Jesus Christ found in this passage. So when we forget about trying to determine what exactly the Magi followed, how many actually made the trip, and who exactly they were, we can better understand the miraculous teaching from Matthew.
Rev. CHRIS HOUTZ
Welcome to the pastor’s blog! This page will have sermons uploaded so you can listen to them whenever you want, and I will add a brief reflection on the text, the sermon, or a little bit of both. My hope is that you will be able to see that the Bible can still speak to our world today, and that we can always find a note of God’s grace in any passage, whether it is one of the most well-known and beloved passages, or one of the most difficult readings to grasp.
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