“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, 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.'”
~Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV)
Charles Simeon used the Christmas story to stir the hearts of those in his flock to a more consecrated life. Here’s a small portion of his sermon that day as he spoke about “the wise men from the east.”
“Let us not regard any scoffs, difficulties, or dangers that we may have to encounter in the way of our duty. Doubtless, the [wise men] found many obstacles in their way; but they persisted to the end; and never ceased from their labor, till they had found Him whom they sought. Thus, let us resolutely seek the Lord Jesus, till we have found Him. He is pointed out to us, not by a star, but by “the more sure word of the Gospel.” …
[H]aving found Jesus, let us present to Him all that we are, and all that we have. Let our body, soul, and spirit be consecrated to Him. Let us confess Him as “King of kings, and Lord of lords;” let us devote to Him our silver and our gold; and let us glorify Him with our body and our spirit, which are His. This is our reasonable service; and if we be backward to render it unto Him, surely [the wise men] will rise up in judgment against us; for if they so honored Him, when they saw Him as a babe in swaddling clothes, much more should we, who viewed Him seated on His throne of glory.”
~Charles Simeon, 1759-1836
Charles Simeon, a friend of John Newton, served for 49 years as the pastor of Trinity Church in Cambridge, England. Read or listen to Dr. John Piper’s meditations on this faithful believer’s life by clicking here.
You can access Reverend Simeon’s entire sermon here.