Joyful Surrender to Jesus
When [the wise men] saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. – Matthew 2:10-12
Check out last week’s sermon here.
The Gospel is an unwavering message proclaiming that Jesus is Lord, having sacrificed himself to God’s wrath in payment for our sin. The Gospel’s call is to surrender to this Christ in repentance and faith. There is no means of salvation outside of surrender to Christ.
Last Sunday Pastor Mike shared the contradictory responses that King Herod and the wise men had upon hearing of and seeing Jesus’ birth. Herod sought Jesus’ death. The wise men sought Jesus to worship.
With exceeding, great joy, the wise men rejoiced in the Savior. They, “laid down their earthly treasures to treasure Christ.” What can be said of King Herod but that he sought to kill Christ for the sake of his earthly treasures. There could only be one King on the throne of Herod’s heart–Herod himself.
To the singular, unchanging Savior, Herod and the wise men responded in radical ways. To us Jesus offers himself. He offers life, eternal life, joy, and peace. No one is given more or less of Christ. To have him is to have all of Christ, life, joy, and peace.
Yet, Jesus never morphs or reshapes himself to fit our fancies. Jesus offers himself, Savior, King, and Lord. There is no room for two Kings in the universe; there are not two thrones to be filled in your heart. Jesus will never surrender his lordship to Herod’s. Herod must surrender to Jesus. Jesus cannot surrender to the wise men. They must surrender in joy to Jesus or reject him. Jesus offers only himself to you. You must surrender to have Jesus.
Jesus is the one standing, knocking at the door (Rev 3:20). Jesus is the one calling, offering rest for weary sinners (Matt 11:28). What is Jesus’ call to us? Let us see his star (his wondrous works), rejoice with redundant joy (as Pastor Mike shared), and fall down in surrendered worship before the Savior.