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Sermon Notes: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Notes: Matthew 2:1-12


Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12

Pastor: Dr. Edgar Aponte

Date: June 11, 2023




  1. Christ is Lord over all creation, and all people are invited to come to Him. Come to Jesus!
    1. See Matthew 2:1-2
  1. 1 King 10:9-10
  2. Psalm 72: 10-14
  • Isaiah 60:1-2, 6
  1. Christ threatens all earthly powers and presents us with the inescapable decision of choosing between an earthly kingdom or the heavenly kingdom. Choose Jesus no matter the cost!
    1. See Matthew 2:3-6


  1. We know God through Christ, and we know Christ through Scripture. God can use nature and dreams, but only the Gospel leads us to Jesus. Tell the Gospel to others!
    1. See Matthew 2:4-9
      1. Micah 5:2-4
      2. Ezekiel 34:11-24


  1. A saving encounter with Jesus leads us to worship and generosity. Worship Jesus and be generous! 
    1. See Matthew 2:10-12
      1. “It is not always those who have most religious privileges, who give Christ most honor…How often the very people who live nearest to the means of grace are those who neglect them most! There is only too much truth in the old proverb, ‘The nearer the church the further from God.’ Familiarity with sacred things has a dreadful tendency to make men despise them.” J.C. Ryle’s Commentary on Matthew












  • The purpose of your group time is to reflect on God’s truth together, discussing how it impacts your life and walk with Jesus.
  • There are more questions than you can cover in one group. Just use the ones that will best facilitate discussion in your group.
  • Feel free to edit/rephrase the questions to fit your personality and style.



  1. What stood out to you from the sermon (or from the passage)?
  2. What parts are the most challenging and why?
  3. What parts are the most exciting/helpful and why?




MATTHEW 2:1-14

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.


(LEADERS NOTE: Some translations use “magi” instead of “wise men” because the context of the Greek word has a more pagan “magician” connotation. A word that is only used negatively in the New Testament.)


  1. What do you notice about how Herod, the chief priests and scribes responded to the news about Jesus, compared with the Magi (or “wise men”)?
    1. Why is this surprising?
    2. Based on what you know about how the religious leaders are often portrayed in the gospel of Matthew, why do you think that they were troubled by the birth of the Messiah?
    3. What does their reaction tell you about the way that people can lose sight of the most important part of the Christian faith (ie. the worship of Jesus)?
    4. How do you see this play out in your own life?


  1. Jesus as King challenged the status quo of many of the people in Israel, especially its leaders. How have you experienced this disruption by King Jesus in your own life?


  1. Notice how the “wise men from the east” had some information about the Messiah, but still needed the people of God to give them more information.
    1. How might this speak to the importance of knowing the Scriptures in the work of evangelism?
    2. Have you ever had a similar experience, where God brought someone to you who had some knowledge but wanted to know more about Jesus? What happened and what did you learn from this?



READ the original passage that Matthew is quoting from Micah 5:2-4.

(LEADER’S NOTE: Generally, when a New Testament author is quoting a passage of Scripture, he is intending to remind the reader of the entire context. But he is also choosing specific portions to highlight.)


  1. What additional information are we given about the identity and/or ministry of Jesus from the longer passage in Micah?


  1. What about Jesus do you think Matthew is trying to highlight based on the parts of the passage that he does quote?
    1. Why is this significant?
    2. How is today’s passage an illustration of what Jesus says about the Good Shepherd and the hired hands in John 10:11-15?


MATTHEW 2:7-12

LEADER’S NOTE: In this section, the Magi have a choice between obeying the voice of the King (Herod) and obeying the LORD.


  1. What role does the Magi’s worship play in making the decision between obeying God or obeying Herod?


  1. How might this encourage us in our own obedience to Jesus today?