We have been reflecting on the birth of Jesus, and what we found in this season that we celebrate is that when God chose to enter his own creation it wasn't neat and tidy, everything wasn't ideal, so to speak. So today on Christmas Eve we want to focus on the story of the wise men who were called the Magi, from Matthew 2. The title of my message is "Oh Christmas Three." Now, I know when you probably saw it you thought, Oh, Christmas Three, isn't it supposed to be "Oh Christmas Tree?" It's "three" on purpose. It was a tongue-in-cheek way of focusing on something. What we're going to find in this passage is that there are three series of threes in it. There is this three-peat, so to speak, of threes.
The number three in the Bible signifies either completion, unity, or perfection. When you think about the revelation of God in the Bible, it's one God in three persons, the unity of who God is. It speaks about Jesus' earthly ministry lasting about three years. Many significant events in the Bible including the resurrection of Jesus happened on what—the third day. So what we're going to see in this passage is three series of three that are specific to the story of the wise men but also can be applied to all of us in different ways.
Now, the first set of three that we see here in this story is that there are three different kinds of people. There are those who are hostile to Jesus, there are those who are indifferent to Jesus, and then there are those who will worship Jesus. Three types of people, and I'm here to tell you that in this room, in the world that we live in, there are these same three types of people.
Before I explain to you who each person is, I want to share ...
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