Highland Avenue Community Church of the Nazarene in Rancho Cucamonga, California

What Do You Give the God Who Has Everything?

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Pastor Gabe Martin

The text for this coming Sunday is Matthew 2:1-12, the journey of the Magi. I was struck by the final stanza of a poem by T.S. Eliot this week titled “The Journey of the Magi”.

Were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.”
- T.S. Eliot

We’ve been considering what it means to live in the Kingdom of Heaven right here and now on Earth. In order for that to happen, there are areas of selfishness, arrogance, pride, and greed that need to die in order for us to truly live in the fullness of Christ. Once we, like the Magi, catch a glimpse of who Jesus really is we begin to see the former things of life through new eyes. As we pursue Christ and his kingdom are there things in our own life that need to die in order that we may truly live?

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