First United Methodist Church - Troup
Thursday, January 24, 2019
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A Word From The Pastor


We begin the year with a reading from Matthew 2:1-12 about the Magi visiting Jesus.  They began probably before Jesus was born by searching the stars for the King of the Jews.  They saw the star when it arose and then began their search to find the new born King of the Jews.  They went to Jerusalem and met with King Herod and asked where they could find the one born to be king of the Jews.  Herod and all of Jerusalem were disturbed at hearing this.  It is interesting to note that the Magi, who were gentiles or not Jewish had been searching for the king of the Jews but the chief priest and teachers of the Jews had not been searching for their coming king.  And the non-Jewish Magi had traveled this long distance searching for the king to worship him.  The chief priests and teachers quoted from the prophet Isaiah that the messiah would be born in Bethlehem of Judah.  The Magi left and found the star they were overjoyed and found Mary and baby Jesus.  They bowed down and worshiped him.  They offered their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The gift for a king, for a priest and of healing and death.
In our lives we search for many things from car keys and lost pets to belonging, happiness and health.  As we begin this new year what are you searching for?  In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.  How can we make the search for Jesus and pursuing righteousness in our lives a priority?  We can search by regularly reading the Bible, in prayer and attending worship.  The Magi dedicated themselves to searching for Jesus, traveling a long distance over dangerous lands to find the king of the Jews.  Are we making a sacrifice to search for Jesus and pursuing His righteousness in our lives a priority?  There is not any evidence that there were 3 Magi, but there were more than one and they probably traveled with guards.  It is important to note that in our search we should not go alone.  It is best to have others to help hold us accountable and to encourage us along our journey.  Let us search for Jesus together.
Heavenly Father, you sent your Son to live among us, to die for us.  Help us to persevere in our search for Jesus our Lord and encourage one another on our journey that we would bow down before you.  You alone are worthy of our worship and praise.  Amen
Grace and Peace
Pastor Wade


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