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When Jesus was born in the village of Bethlehem in Judea, Herod was king. During this time some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem and said, "Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him." When King Herod heard about this, he was deeply upset, and so was everyone else in Jerusalem.

He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?” “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for the prophets wrote, ’You Bethlehem are very important amongst all the cities of Judea, for from you shall come The King who will shepherd the people of Israel.’”

Herod secretly called in the wise men and asked them when they had first seen the star. So Herod told them, "Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, let me know. I also want to go and worship him."

The wise men listened to what the king said and then left. And the star they had seen in the east went on ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. They were thrilled and excited to see the star. When the men went into the house and saw the child with Mary, his mother, they knelt down and worshiped him. They took out their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh and gave them to him.

While they slept God warned them in a dream not to go back to Herod but to return to their own country by another route. After the wise men had gone, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Get up! Hurry and take the child and his mother to Egypt! Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is looking for the child and wants to kill him." That night, Joseph got up and took his wife and the child to Egypt. They stayed in Egypt until the death of Herod.  So, the Lord's promise came true, just as the prophet had said, "I called my son out of Egypt."

-Matthew 2:1-15

When Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. “Get up!” the angel said. “Take the child and his mother back to the land of Israel, because those who were trying to kill the child are dead.”

-Matthew 2:19-20

Jesus is the King of kings and his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.

-Revelation 17:14

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family, Life Group, or Campus.

1. Herod was a control freak. Is this something you wrestle with? If so, how does it impact you and your relationships? If not, have you encountered others with this trait and how did it impact you?

2. The wise men truly worship Jesus. Why is worship more than just songs we sing? How does this play out in your life?

3. How do the first 2 questions of control and worship relate to one another?

4. What is the next step God is asking you to take as a result of this message?