In this worship gathering, we hear a message for Epiphany Sunday that focuses on why it was so important that the Magi visited Jesus. It wasn’t the gifts – it was who they were! Based on Matthew 2.1-12, you can watch the worship gathering in its entirety below, or just the message below that.
This Amazing Baby whose birth we anticipate is, as I’ve been pointing out in this Advent season, no ordinary Baby. Not only was he present at creation, but he was active in creation.
How can a baby do that? you might rightly ask.
Well, Jesus was not always a baby.
Of course, we know that he grew and became a man and ministered until he was crucified. He rose from the dead and ministered again until he was taken up to heaven, from whence he came.
See, Jesus of Nazareth was the incarnate version of the second Person of the Trinity. The Trinity is a difficult doctrine, one that is inferred by Scripture and that has been a hallmark of apostolic Christianity for almost 1700 years (so it’s proven the test of time). As the second Person of the Trinity, our Saviour was active in creating the world, so it’s no wonder that he was willing to give his earthly life for it.
Yet Jesus did not only create the mountains and valleys, the lakes and trees and rocks; he also set forth less immediately tangible realities.
This Amazing Baby in the manger is the Creator of heaven and earth. Imagine that!
He’s worth anticipating, worth worshipping, worth being ready for when he comes again.
“[F]or through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together” (Colossians 1.16-17, NLT).