Christmas Lesson 2010

Worship the King of Kings

    Matthew 1:18-2:11



Matthew 1:1-17 is a genealogy beginning with Abraham leading to King David,

and ends with Jesus the Messiah.  Jesus Christ is the “desire of all nations” (Haggai

2:7).  Whether one realizes this or not, Jesus, the desire of all nations, does not

change the effect on humanity. “If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful:



Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us that God has put in man “the world in their heart”

the Hebrew allows the translation “He has set eternity in their heart

(From this I gather that God has made man’s heart too big for this world

and that nothing can satisfy man but God and Eternity! – CY – 2010)


Greed, gangs (I am not picking on the “bros”), status, fame or worldly renown,

riches, sensuality, sex, drugs, alcohol, social status, you name it, will never

suffice for our yearnings in this world, how much less when we come to die???

 GOD HAS SET ETERNITY IN OUR HEARTS and only He can satisfy

this yearning!  Jesus said “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole

world and lose his own soul?”  (Mark 8:36)


II Corinthians 4:4 teaches that Satan blinds the eyes of them which believe

not “lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God,

should shine unto them.”  In fact Satan spends a lot of time and with

success in this secular age, trying to get mankind to think only of self

and the present time and to put far off the future and the Day of the

Lord which will come – (II Peter 3:10)


Thankfully, “we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Corinthians 2:11)

and there is a solution, a remedy to this dilemma and it is suggested

by the title of our lesson:  Worship the King of Kings!


We are all going to do it eventually, anyway so “Why not now” as the

old invitational song says, “Why not come to Jesus Now?”


Philippians 2:9-11 says that God has exalted Christ, and hath “given

Him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus

every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and

things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that

Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”


By confessing Christ and worshipping Him, we get the best of both worlds –

the life that now is and that which is to come”?  (II Timothy 4:8)


The outline of this lesson is:


  • Jesus:  Sent to Save  (ch. 1:20-23)
  • Jesus:  Born to Rule (ch. 2:1-6)
  • Jesus:  Worthy of Worship (ch. 2:7-11)



I.  JESUS SENT TO SAVE.  (ch. 1-20-23)


20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD

appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not

to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the

Holy Ghost.  21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name

JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.  22 Now all this was

done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet,

saying,  23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son,

and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”


            This passage makes it very clear why Jesus was born.  Jesus was sent on

            a mission, a mission to save all the sinners of the world, you, me, everyone!

            Jesus, with the Father, made the worlds but made this commitment before

the world began.  (Revelation 13:8)  “Known unto God are all His works

from the beginning of the world” – (Acts 15:18)  - “Faithful is He that

calleth you, who also will do it” (I Thessalonians 5:24).


            Jesus, the Son of God, was born of Mary, a virgin of the house of Israel,

            and of the house and “lineage of David” (Luke 2:4)  {Study the

            genealogy contained here in Matthew 1:1-17; remember God’s promises

to Abraham and David [Genesis 17:19; 18:18; 22:18; II Samuel 7:12-16] and

the genealogy of Luke  3:23-38; (while still remembering the promises to

Abraham and David, let us not forget God’s promise to Adam (Genesis

3:15) who is mentioned in v. 38;


Psalm 19:9 says “The fear of the Lord is clean” – only a nation whose

            God is the Lord, who gave them commandments to go by, could,

            with God’s help, produce a young girl, a virgin, worthy to be used

            by God to bring His Only Begotten Son into this world.  (Our secular

            culture in America today, nor the global culture of the world, could not

 produce such a woman, neither would our culture desire to produce her! 


            Joseph, engaged to marry Mary, was no doubt startled and troubled

            by her pregnancy, because he had never intimately known her.

            (A man that abstained from sex in marriage until after Baby Jesus

            was born [v. 24] should have had no trouble abstaining before

            marriage)  Maturity is the ability to delay pleasure.


            The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph (v. 20) and explained

            That Mary’s conception was a miraculous act of God “for that

            which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”  The angel

            had appeared unto Mary and said “The Holy Ghost shall come

            upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:

            therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall

            be called the Son of God.”  (Luke 2:35)


            The angel also instructed Joseph in what to name the Child.  The

            name Jesus would point to the Child’s destiny to save the world –

            for He shall save His people from their sins” (v. 21).  The Greek

            name rendered Jesus has its basis in the Hebrew name rendered Joshua.

            The Hebrew literally means “Yahweh saves.”  Even at the moment

            of His naming, Jesus would be identified with God’s purpose of

            providing the once-and-for-all Sacrifice for forgiveness of sins.

            This is the central theme of Matthew and indeed, all of the four



            23  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which

            was spoken of the Lord by the prophet saying,  24  Behold, a

            virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they

            shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is,

            God with us.”  Matthew emphasizes the fulfillment of prophecy –

            (see also ch. 2:5,17, 23)



II.  JESUS BORN TO RULE (ch. 2:1-6)


1  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of

Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

2  Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen

His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.  3 When Herod the

king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people

together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  5 And they

said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the

princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my

people Israel.”


            Herod has to call for religious leaders to find out where the Messiah

            would be born.  The New Testament term for “the anointed” is Cristo>v, -

             khris-tos;  the anointed, i.e. the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: the Christ.

            As the Messiah, Jesus has divine authority to rule in the lives of people!


                        “Originally, Messiah was applicable to any one anointed with the holy oil.

                                The kings of Israel were called anointed from the mode of their consecration

                                (I Samuel 2:10, 35; 12:3, 5).  This word also refers to the expected Prince of

                                the chosen people who was to complete God’s purposes for them and to

                                redeem them, and of whose coming the prophets of the old covenant in all

                                time spoke.  He was the Messiah, the Anointed, i.e. consecrated as the king

                                and prophet by God’s appointment.  The word is twice used in the New

                                Testament of Jesus  (John 1:41; 4:25)   The earliest gleam of the gospel

                                is found in the account of the fall (Genesis 3:15).  The blessings in store for

                                the children of Shem are remarkably indicted in the words of Noah (Genesis

                                9:26).  Next follows the promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:2-3).  A great step

                                is made in Genesis 49:10.  This is the first case in which the promises

                                distinctly center in one person.  The next passage usually quoted is the

                                prophecy of Baalam (Numbers 24:17-19).   The prophecy of Moses,

                                (Deuteronomy 18:18), claims attention.  Passages in the Psalms are

                                numerous which are applied to the Messiah in the New Testament; such

                                as Psalms 2, 16, 22, 40 and 110.  The advance in clearness in this period

                                is great.  The name of Anointed, i.e. King, comes in, and the Messiah is

                                to come of the lineage of David.  He is described in His exaltation, with His

                                great kingdom that shall be spiritual rather than temporal  (see Psalms 2, 21,

                                40, 110).  In other places He is seen in suffering and humiliation (Psalms

                                16, 22, 40).  Later on the prophets show the Messiah as a king and ruler

                                of David’s house, who should come to reform and restore the Jewish

                                nation and purify the Church, as in Isaiah, chapters 11 and 40 through

                                66.  The blessings of the restoration, however, will not be confine to

                                Jews; the heathen are made to share them fully (Isaiah 2, 66).  The

                                passage of Micah 5:2 (compare Matthew 2:6) left no doubt in the mind

                                of the Sanhedrin as to the birthplace of the Messiah.  The lineage of

                                David is again alluded to in Zechariah 12:10-14.  The coming of the

                                Forerunner and of the Anointed is clearly revealed in Malachi 3:1;

                                4:5-6.  The Pharisees and those of the Jews who expected Messiah

                                at all looked for a temporal prince only.  Even the apostles themselves

                                were infected with this opinion until after the resurrection.  (Matthew

                                20:20-21; Luke 24:21; Acts 1:6.  Gleams of a purer faith appear in

                                Luke 2:30; 23:42; John 45.


                                The above excerpt from: 

                                A Dictionary of the Bible by William Smith, L.L.D.



            Notice in v. 4 that Herod apparently was not familiar with Old Testament

            prophecies.  The Old Testament spoke of the coming of Christ over

            300 times and the New Testament makes reference of Christ’s Second Coming

            321 times.  So the question is, How was Herod so ignorant?  He had to

            bring in the religious leaders to decipher what he had heard from the wise men,

            and for what good did it do?  It only made him want to kill the Christ child and

            in the process, many Jewish babies were killed.  When the Magi did not return

            as directed (vs. 8, 12),  “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of

            the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the

            children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two

            years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently

            inquired of the wise men.”


            The next question is, “What good does the New Testament do us in

            preparation for the Second Coming of the Son of God?  There is a

            parallel – God meant for the world to be populated – originally, man

            was told to “fill it with people” – the meaning of “replenish the earth”

            (Genesis 1:28) – The Lord meant for the earth to “be inhabited” – He

            established it, He created it not in vain”- (Isaiah 45:18) – Yet

            women and men think it is too populous and in an effort to slow the birth

            rate down, millions and millions of babies have been aborted, or sacrificed

            and why?   For “convenience”?  May I say that for this, the world will be

            brought to Judgment at the Second Coming of Christ  and one other

            comment – the world will come to a disastrous end by moral failures

            and short-comings long before the Green House Effect and Global

            Warming brings it’s demise – CY – 2010.


As stated at the beginning, Jesus Christ, the Anointed of God, the Messiah,

is the Desire of all Nations”!  He will one day rule the world with “a rod of

iron” (Revelation 2:27; 12:5;  and with “a rod of iron…..and on His vesture and

on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Ibid. 19:15)  In Daniel  7:13-14, Jesus is presented thus:  “I saw in the night

visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of

heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him

near before Him.  And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a

kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His

dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His

kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”  In Isaiah 9:6-7, we are told of

Christ’s rule this way:  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be

called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father,

The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there

shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order

it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even

for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.”  Isaiah 11:6-9 also

depicts that time when:   The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the

leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the

fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.  And the cow and the bear

shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat

straw like the ox.  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp,

and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den.  They shall

not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”  Revelation 21:1-8,

22-27; 22:1-7, gives this account of that day:  And I saw a new heaven and a

new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and

there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming

down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all

tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor

crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed

away.  And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things

new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and

the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life

freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God,

and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable,

and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all

liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:

which is the second death”………………. “And I saw no temple therein: for the

Lord God Almighty and the  Lamb are the temple of it.  And the city had no

need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did

lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which

are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their

glory and honor into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for

there shall be no night there.  And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth,

neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life”…………. “And he shewed me a pure river

of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was

there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit

every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall

be in it; and His servants shall serve Him:  And they shall see His face; and His

name shall be in their foreheads.  And there shall be no night there; and they

need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light:

and they shall reign for ever and ever.  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to shew

unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.”  (another reason for

the theme of this web site:  THE TIME IS SHORT – CY – 2010)  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.”


However things work out, you do as directed in the last verse read here

and everything will work out alright!






7  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of

them diligently what time the star appeared.  8  And he sent them to

Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and

when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and

worship Him also.  9  When they had heard the king, they departed; and,

lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and

stood over where the young child was.  10 When they saw the star, they

rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  11 And when they were come into the

house, they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented

unto Him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.”


They gave gifts: 


  • frankincense - offered to God in the temple - it confessed

                              Christ's Divinity.

  • gold - offered as to a king
  • myrrh - was used in preparing a person to

                                           be buried



The spiritual contrast was clear between the responses of Herod and the Jewish

leaders and the reaction of the wise men on the other.  Those who should have

quickly recognized and celebrated God’s handiwork in the coming of the

Messiah rejected Him.  Those who followed a new star in the sky from a

pagan land came to worship the King of Kings!


Wise men seek Him still!



The Worthiness of Jesus Christ to be Worshipped (Revelation 4:11-5:14)


4:11  Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power:

for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and

were created.

5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book

written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.  2 And I saw

a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the

book, and to loose the seals thereof?  3  And no man in heaven, nor in

earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look

thereon.  4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open

and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  5 And one of the elders saith

unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David,

hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.  6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the

midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns

and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon

the throne.  8 And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and

twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.  9 And they sung a

new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals

thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of

every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;  10 And hast made us unto

our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  11 And I beheld,

and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts

and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,

and thousands of thousands;  12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb

that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor,

and glory, and blessing.  13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the

earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that

sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped

Him that liveth for ever and ever.”



The song “Agnes Dei” is a touch of this Spirit! – (CY – 2010)




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