• Visitors from the East Devotional

    Matthew 2:1–6

    The wise men are likely from Babylon and have had to take a long and arduous journey to find Jesus. Matthew Henry draws this application from this event: “Those who truly desire to know Christ, and find him, will not regard pains or perils in seeking after him.” What has it cost you to follow Jesus? Consider whether your devotion has cost you friends, family, income, or reputation, and if not, consider how eagerly you seek after Him. View Resource

  • The Wise Men Rejoice Devotional

    Matthew 2:7–10

    The Father will ensure that His Son will be glorified despite all obstacles (John 12:23). Mary has been forced to give birth to the Messiah in a less than ideal setting (Luke 2:7). Herod, who lives under the Lord’s covenant, is trying to kill Him (Matt. 2:16). Yet God has led foreigners to His promises to bow before His appointed king (vv. 1–12). Will we be like Herod and fail to glorify the Son with our lives, thereby provoking the Father to raise up others in our place? View Resource

  • Three Gifts for the King Devotional

    Matthew 2:11–12

    If our Lord at times seems “crazy” or “foolish” to the world because of His life and message (Mark 3:20–21), we can expect the world to feel the same about us when we are true to Him. Unfortunately, too many Christians miss this point and adopt positions or techniques that they believe will make Jesus “more attractive” to the unbeliever. Who or what in your life is pressuring you to “change” the Savior and His message? Pray that you would be faithful to Him. View Resource

  • God’s Son Is Called Devotional

    Matthew 2:13–15

    All of us who were once in sin were in slavery even if we had no earthly masters. Wickedness held sway over our every thought, decision, and action, but in Christ we have been rescued from this power and are now enabled to live before God’s face in a manner that pleases Him. Christ went into Egypt and was brought out to begin the work that redeemed us from sin, and we should pursue holiness in gratitude for this awesome grace. View Resource

  • True Israel Devotional

    Matthew 2:13–15

    Our sovereign Lord has ordered history to accomplish His purposes and bring His plan for His people to pass. Even when His people failed, the Father sent Jesus so that He might live out the design God has for them. Christ’s success where we have failed is reckoned to our account when we trust in Him, and we are therefore called to imitate His faithfulness. Pray that you will succeed where you failed in the past when you have the opportunity to do so. View Resource

  • The End of Exile Devotional

    Matthew 2:16–18

    Herod is one example of all those who have tried to destroy the Christ and His people. Though this evil king did much harm, he was in the end unable to thwart the plans of the Father for His Son. We too can be sure that even when the church suffers persecution at home and abroad, God’s kingdom will never be overcome. Pray today for believers who are suffering for their faith that they will remember the Lord’s victory and stand firm for His Gospel. View Resource

  • Herod Slays the Children Devotional

    Matthew 2:16–18

    That the majority of Jews had not fulfilled the condition of repentance necessary for restoration (Jer. 29:10–14) when the Son of God became incarnate demonstrates that the fundamental problem for Israel was not Gentile domination but rather the presence of sin that led to the Lord handing them over to Gentile control. Restoration could not occur until the root problem of sin was addressed. That is the problem that Jesus dealt with on the cross, purchasing our forgiveness and restoration. View Resource