Wise Men Worship Jesus

Courtesy of FCI
Courtesy of FCI

Text: Matthew 2:1-11; Micah 5:2; Psalm 72:10,11,15

Prop: a poster of the baby Jesus receiving gifts from the wise men.

Summary: Wise men from the east gave gifts to the baby Jesus and worshipped him as God. Today men who are wise still worship Jesus.

Do you know who has a birthday at Christmas? [Jesus] Yes, the baby Jesus is the reason for the season. Now tell me, how many of you like to get presents on your birthday? [ask for a show of hands] Yes, all of you! Well today I want to tell you about the baby Jesus and the gifts he received shortly after being born.

The people of Israel knew that the Savior would one day be born in Bethlehem, a small village near Jerusalem. The prophet Micah had foretold this over 700 years before Jesus was born.

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting. (Micah 5:2)

Now the wise men from the east had followed a star that God the Father had placed in the sky to guide them. When they arrived in Jerusalem they went to see King Herod. They asked him where they could find the newly born king so they could go to worship him. This troubled King Herod and made him jealous and mad. He didn’t like the idea of someone else (much less a child) being called a king. He asked the priests and they told him Christ would be born in Bethlehem. Then Herod told the wise men to return after they found the child king and tell him so he could go and worship him also. King Herod was trying to trick the wise men, because he really meant to harm the child.

So the wise men continued to follow the star to Bethlehem until they found the house where the baby Jesus lay. We are not certain how many wise men came. We can guess that maybe at least three came because that is how many gifts they brought. They may have even been kings from other lands in the east (Arabia and Persia) because one of the gifts was gold, which is very expensive.

There is a prophecy in Psalm 72 that says kings from Arabia would bring gifts, in particular the gift of gold, and worship him.

…the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him… to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba… (Psalm 72:10, 11, 15).

(Read Matthew 2:11) The wise men worshipped the baby Jesus as God the Savior and gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These gifts were very meaningful. Gold was fitting for a king. Frankincense was a resin from a balsam tree used as a medicine. This king would heal his people. Myrrh, an herb used in burials, was the most unusual gift in that it pointed to the importance that this child-king’s death would mean later in life.

Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ our Lord. These wise men came to worship the newborn king. Today, men who are wise still worship Jesus. When you open your presents on Christmas morning this year, remember to pause and thank God for sending us the greatest gift of all: his Son Jesus.

©1998 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

The Gift of God

The Gift of God

Text: Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 12:1

Prop: a gift bag with a piece of paper or cardboard marked “GRACE” in it

Summary: God’s gift of grace is for us to receive. We cannot earn our way to heaven; we must trust Jesus to save us.

Snare DrumI know you are excited now that Christmas has come. Did you get any gifts this year? [listen to responses] One of the songs we hear played this time of year is The Little Drummer Boy. In the song we learn that the little boy did not have anything special to give to the baby Jesus. He could only give of himself so he played on his drum for the baby Jesus. Today I want to tell you about the gift of God.

God decided long ago that he would send us his Son Jesus. He came as a baby in a manger. God loves us so much that he gave us a gift. Let’s look in this gift bag and find out what he gave us. [open the bag and pull out the paper marked “GRACE”] What does this say? Yes, it is GRACE. Grace is a word we hear a lot in church but sometimes we don’t know what it means. Grace means we have been given something we don’t deserve because we cannot do anything to earn it.

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8,9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. 

When Jesus was grown he died on the cross to pay for our sins or badness. We could never be good enough to get to heaven on our own. Jesus loves us so much he wants us to go to heaven when we die and be with him forever. We have a gift we can give to God. Just as the drummer boy gave of himself we can give ourselves to God and serve Him.

In Romans 12:1 it says I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. That means our gift is giving ourselves to God. We can do that when we trust Jesus to be our Savior and follow Him all through life on earth.

©2000 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

Special Delivery

Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. – Colossians 1:26-27

Text: John 1:10-14

Prop: An overnight delivery package.

Summary: God delivered his own Son, the baby Jesus, at just the right time. This explains the incarnation.

Have you ever received an overnight package?([Show prop.) The sender feels that the item being delivered is so important that it needs a special delivery. It is important to deliver it on time. Today I want to tell you about the time God sent the baby Jesus into the world at just the right time.

No one is certain exactly what day of the year Jesus was born. We celebrate his birth on Christmas Day, December 25th. God had been preparing for hundreds of years to send his Son into the world. He sent an angel to tell Mary that she would be the mother. Then, at exactly the right time since the world began, God sent the world a gift as a special delivery: the baby Jesus.

(Read John 1:14.) God became incarnate. That is a big word that means God came as a man, yet that man was still God. God knew the best way for us to love and trust him was to become like us, to come into the world the way we do, as a baby. Some people think this is the real meaning of Christmas, but it isn’t. Some people totally miss the real meaning of Christmas. Think about this: if a gift package was delivered to you would it do any good to leave it lying on the doorstep? No, of course not. A gift is not a gift until it is accepted and received. You would have to sign for the package and open it to see what was inside.

(Read John 1:12.) It is only those persons that receive Jesus in their hearts and believe on his name by faith that become the sons of God (and daughters of God). That is called being born again. The real meaning of Christmas is not simply God being with us, but God living within us. Christ in you, the hope of glory is the great mystery at last made known, at just the right time.

Dear God: Thank you for sending the baby Jesus into the world at just the right time. Help me to open my heart and receive him as my own special delivery. Amen.

©2002 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

Website Makeover Underway

It’s official. The fifth website makeover of ChildrenSermons.com is underway. The site will be made using WordPress to get it viewable in many browsers and mobile phones and tablets. You may have noticed that the advertising is all Google AdSense now. That will be more targeted as well.

In time I hope to ad video with a YouTube channel, but that’s still a long way out. The translations into Português will continue until they are all completed. The mailing list will get a double opt-in interface to keep out spammers. The use of Facebook and Twitter will continue, and maybe a few other social media outlets will get added. The idea will be to make it easier for users to contribute ideas and share what is working for them. As the launch date approaches, more details will be shared, so stay tuned.

Light, Love, and Joy

We are energetic beings created in the image of God, the Creator. We are souls living in a human body. Our bodies are made from the earth, and our souls are light from the Creator. Our natural state is one of joy, shining brightly, radiating the love of God.

The body contains over 50 trillion cells, all cooperating together, with a natural ability to heal itself and stay healthy. Each cell contains over 1000 photons of light. When we are sick, the light is diminished. Think of it as a light switch with a dimmer control. We can dial up the light, and we can dial it down, by our perception of our environment and our ability and willingness to act.

Do you want to remain healthy? Then pray in faith, be strong and courageous, setting aside all fear and moving in love toward the natural joy within. Said simply, let your light shine!

When events occur, such as the recent bombings in Boston, these are staged to bring us into a state of fear and victimhood, giving away the power we have to others. Stand in your faith, stand in your love, and stand in your power to create the world you want to live in. Remain at peace despite the attempt to diminish your light. The apostle Paul said “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) Because we are called to “Love one another,” (John 15:12) let us act with forgiveness and kindness, and radiate the essence of our being: Light, love, and joy!

Easter 2013

As I consider all my blessings, I count it a joy to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in 2013 with millions of Christians on Earth. When I think of all the wonderful works that our Lord has done and continues to do, I marvel at the thought of being empowered to do mighty works. Yet, that is exactly what Jesus says we will do. Jesus says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12) All things are possible with God, and if God is with us, our faith and our belief will move mountains. We shift energy telekinetically with our belief. What will you do today?

Happy 15th Anniversary

This site is celebrating  its 15th anniversary this month. Thank you for visiting. As I look back and reflect, a lot has happened in that space of time. I faced the trial of cancer and lived to tell about it on this site (Healed by Jesus). I was blessed to have translations in Spanish, and now in Portuguese. The readership grew to over 800,000 a year. The list of sermons grew beyond 150 sermons. Thank you for sharing these with the children you reach. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. If we are to make a difference, and I believe we have, then it will be because we understand how to live in service to others. Jesus says, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:37-39) Let’s keep on giving.

Happy New Year 2013

I want to wish every person who reads this a happy new year! Let 2013 be a year that you pray for peace, goodwill toward mankind and our planet. I invite you to take time out to enjoy a video (about a half hour) that explains some of the issues we face as humanity, and how we can join together to solve them. If the word “whole brain” is new to you — then do this brief exercise BEFORE you watch it to get into “whole brain posture” and experience a difference in your perception. This is called “cross crawls” and it’s simple. Stand with room to walk in place. As you walk in place, cross your right hand over the mid-point of your body (meridian) and lightly slap your left knee. Then on the next step in place do the opposite: cross your left hand over the mid-point and lightly slap your right knee. Got it? Now add one more piece. Count out 10 complete cross overs (left to right, right to left) and on the first set of 10, with chin level with the floor, nose pointing straight ahead, focus your eyes in the upper left of your vision (don’t turn your head), and then on the second set of 10 cross overs, look to the upper right of your vision (again, don’t turn your head). This simple exercise causes your left and right hemispheres of the brain to “integrate” your thoughts in a more coherent, complete state. Now here’s the link to the video and enjoy!

Will You Stop and Listen?

In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas holiday season many people head out with shopping list in hand and cell phone at their ear, multi-tasking and hurrying to get to a sale and bring home gifts to wrap. Few seem to pause and reflect on reason they set out in the first place. Even fewer stop and listen to the Holy Spirit whisper to their hearts about the beauty they are shown in each magical moment that Jesus gives.

The Washington Post won a Pulitzer Prize for a story about violin virtuoso Joshua Bell’s incognito performance in a Washington subway in January 2007. In 45 minutes he played pieces (two by Bach), some of the most beautiful and technically difficult musical compositions ever written on a $3.5 million handcrafted 1713 Stradivarius violin. Of nearly 1100 passers-by, 27 people tipped a total of $32, and only 7 stopped to listen, and 1 recognized him for who he was. Three nights earlier he sold out a Boston theater with seats of $100. It was an interesting social experiment to determine if people would recognize beauty in a mundane setting at an inconvenient time.

The same thing happened a little over 2000 years ago. The hustle and bustle of a census being taken, a man and his pregnant wife entered Bethlehem and couldn’t find room at the inn, and had to settle in and share the night with the animals in a manger… a mundane setting at an inconvenient time. It was here, that the Creator of All That Is, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, came humbly into our realm as a baby to live among us, and show us the Way back Home. A few shepherds stopped to listen to the amazing news told to them by angels, and hurried to see the new-born King. Yes, those dirty, smelly, bottom-of-the-social ladder shepherds. Go figure.

So my question to you is this: will you stop and listen? Will you recognize Him for who He is?

See http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/bell.asp for details on violinist Joshua Bell’s performance.

Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur is September 26, 2012 (dusk Tuesday to dusk Wednesday) or the “day of atonement.” The children’s sermon Scapegoat tells the story. Have you ever known a time when you could forgive others but had a hard time forgiving yourself? This story is about allowance: allowance for others and making allowance for our own shortcomings. It was a makeover. Once a year the congregation asked God to wipe the slate clean and got a new start. Two goats were used — one killed for an offering (a Christ pre-figure) and Azazel (pronounced az-aw-ZALE) meaning goat of departure. That goat had a crimson ribbon tied to its head (representing the sin) and was led outside the camp, never to be allowed back in. It was the scapegoat that carried the sins away. Are you still carrying any baggage that you should let go? If you want to receive the forgiveness of God, then make allowance for yourself and forgive yourself the same as you forgive others – perfectly. Then the “at-one-ment” of experiencing the oneness with Christ will flow into your life.

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