There’s No Reason to Fear the Baby – Matthew 2
Sermon by Pastor Jeremy Farley of the Summit Baptist Church
Matthew chapter 2 gives an account of Jesus’ first coming to earth.
Interestingly, though he came as a baby born in a cow stall, the Bible teaches that his very presence – even as a helpless infant – struck fear into the most mighty men and kings:
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, 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. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. — Matthew 2.1-3
Even today, many people become uneasy about the reading of Scriptures or the mention of Jesus — often the things of God strike fear into the hearts of men and women.
Below are two realities about this fear:
1. It is an unnecessary fear…
Herod the King had no reason to fear this baby, the whole purpose of Jesus’ first coming was not to kill or clamor for earthly power — his entire reason for being born in a manger and dying after having lived a sinless life was to relieve his people of their burdens, pains and worries:
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10.10b
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – I Peter 5.7
…there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18.24
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10.13
If you have never accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour, there is no need for you to presently be afraid of Christ or the things of God — he does not want to hurt you but to help you:
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. – II Peter 3.9
Rather than run from the Christ of Calvary, the greatest thing you can do is run toward him with all your might and you will find in him the greatest friend you ever knew!
…and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. – John 6.37
2. It is an untimely fear…
Though King Herod and the powers that controlled Jerusalem were afraid of Christ the Baby unnecessarily and though many today are afraid of Christ the Saviour unnecessarily, it is also true that this fear is untimely.
There is no reason for any person to fear Jesus as of now — he’s the Savior of the world and wants nothing more than to be your personal Savior this hour; however, if you do not make him Lord today, by choice, there will come a day when he will make himself Lord, by force.
While Matthew 2 tells of the first time Jesus came to earth, Revelation 19 speaks of the second time he will come to earth, not as a babe in a manger, but as the King on his throne:
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. -Revelation 19.12-20
Those who do not worship the babe by choice will worship the King by force.
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