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#1 – The King’s Birth. Jesus in the Gospels. Matthew – King Mark – Son of God Luke – The Historical Jesus John – Jesus, the Word of Truth.

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jesus in the gospels
Jesus in the Gospels

Matthew – King

Mark – Son of God

Luke – The Historical Jesus

John – Jesus, the Word of Truth

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

Matt. 2:1-2

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:

Matt. 2:3-5

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.”

Matt. 2:7-8

After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.

Matt. 2:9-10

After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

Matt. 2:11-12

the wise men
The “Wise” Men
  • Probably more than 3
  • Babylon – Astronomy/Astrology
  • Familiar with scripture’s promise of a Messiah
  • Followed a “Star”
three gifts
Three Gifts


  • Expensive
  • Brought by & for Kings
three gifts1
Three Gifts


  • From India
  • Used for worship
  • Jesus, the child, had no use for this
  • Only given to royalty
three gifts2
Three Gifts


  • Base gum that perfumes were made from
  • Used to prepare corpses for burial
herod the earthly king
Herod – The Earthly King
  • Murdered his own family to preserve his rule and power
  • Disobeyed God in receiving the title, King
  • Attempted to kill Jesus with massacre of young children.
jesus was honored as
Jesus was honored as:
  • Divine Messiah
  • King
  • Sacrifice
  • God uses many ways to reach people.
  • God uses many ways to reach people.
  • Salvation is by faith.
  • God uses many ways to reach people.
  • Salvation is by faith.
  • The Word is the only true guide to Jesus
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