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Following the Light of Christ

Title: Following the Light of Christ

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12, Matthew 3:13-17

The story of the visit of the Magi and the baptism of Jesus both point to the theme of following the light of Christ. In Matthew 2:1-12, we see the Magi following a star to find the newborn king, and in Matthew 3:13-17, we witness the baptism of Jesus, where the light of God’s presence is revealed. As adults, we can learn from these stories about what it means to follow the light of Christ in our own lives.

In Matthew 2:1-12, we read about the Magi, who were wise men from the East, who followed a star to find the newborn king of the Jews. They were led by the light of the star to the place where Jesus was born, and they worshiped him and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. In Matthew 3:13-17, we see Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, and as he comes up out of the water, the heavens open, and the Spirit of God descends like a dove and alights on him. Then a voice from heaven says, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

1. Following the Guiding Light: The Magi were guided by a star to find the newborn king. In our lives, we also need to be attentive to the guiding light of Christ. We should seek to be led by the Holy Spirit in our decisions and actions.

2. Worship and Surrender: The Magi worshiped Jesus and presented him with gifts. Similarly, when we follow the light of Christ, we should come before him in worship and surrender, offering our lives as a living sacrifice.

3. Baptism and Revelation: In Jesus’ baptism, the light of God’s presence is revealed. Through our own baptism, we are united with Christ and are called to reflect his light to the world. We should live in a way that reveals the light of Christ to others.

4. Embracing Our Identity: In the baptism of Jesus, God declares him as his beloved Son. As children of God, we are also called to embrace our identity as beloved by God and live in the light of that truth.

Let us continue to follow the light of Christ in our lives, just as the Magi and Jesus did. May we be guided and led by the Holy Spirit, offer our lives in worship and surrender, and reflect the light of Christ to the world. As we do so, may we embrace our identity as beloved children of God and live in the fullness of his light.

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Possible Viewpont: Presbyterian Christian


John 8:12
Matthew 5:16
Isaiah 9:2
Matthew 4:16
Luke 11:35

Questions for Lesson

1. How does the visit of the Magi in Matthew 2:1-12 demonstrate the universal significance of Christ’s birth?
2. In what ways does the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17 reveal his identity as the Son of God?
3. What parallel can be drawn between the gifts brought by the Magi and the significance of Christ’s mission on earth?
4. How does the example of the Magi inspire you to seek and follow Christ in your own life?
5. According to Matthew 3:13-17, what does the voice from heaven declare about Jesus?
6. How does the baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3:13-17 model the importance of obedience and submission to God’s will in our own lives?

Worship Music for Lesson

1. “Lead Me, Lord” by Samuel Wesley
2. “Be Thou My Vision” by Mary Byrne and Eleanor Hull
3. “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” by William Williams
4. “Open My Eyes, That I May See” by Clara H. Scott

Object Lesson

– A flashlight
– A map
– An image of a star
– A picture of Jesus being baptized

Begin by showing the flashlight and explaining that it represents the light of Christ. Ask the adults to imagine themselves as wise men, traveling through life with this guiding light.

Next, lay out the map and point out that just like the wise men followed the star to find Jesus, we too can follow the light of Christ to find direction and purpose in our lives. Discuss how the map represents our journey through life and the importance of being guided by the light of Christ.

Then, bring out the image of a star and explain that just as the wise men were drawn to the infant Jesus by the light of a star, we can be drawn to him through the light of his teachings and example.

Finally, show the picture of Jesus being baptized and talk about how, like Jesus, we can follow him by being baptized and making covenants with him. Discuss how this strengthens our connection to the light of Christ and enables us to stay on the path that leads to eternal life.

As you conclude, encourage the adults to continually seek and follow the light of Christ in their lives, knowing that it will lead them to joy, peace, and salvation.


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