Jesus is Here!

advent 2016

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Advent 2016

Jesus is Here!

Luke 2:1-20 (particularly v11)

 

3 Types of People Looking for the Kingdom of God to Come

  1. Essenes – Abdicate/ withdraw
  2. Pharisees – Legislate
  3. Sadducees – Educate/denied the resurrection, they were “enlightened” like their occupiers (Rome)
  4. Zealots – Liberate by Force

 

None of these were looking for the Kingdom to come in the way that it did

Poor… Humble…

They were all looking for a political hero

  • Jesus as president is a demotion)
  • God’s kingdom is much bigger than politics
  • God’s kingdom is broader than any nation’s border

 

God’s kingdom is over “all the people” (v10)

 

Jesus would NOT come as a

  • Abdicator (He drew near)..
  • . (God knows you can’t legislate the heart)
  • Educator
  • Soldier

 

Jesus came as SAVIOR

Because our greatest need is redemption from sin

 

(Mt 1:21) you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.

 

These Are Not Just Any Ordinary Shepherds

According to the Mishnah[i], likely Temple Shepherds… sheep for the sacrifice were pastured in the fields of Bethlehem

 

These shepherds were

  1. Acquainted with the sacrificial system of atonement
  2. Acquainted with its inability to ultimately save
  3. Understood the sign (v12)… when they saw Jesus in a manger (v16)

 

Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! (John 1:29)

 

Our greatest need is redemption from sin

 

Jesus came as Christ / Messiah / Anointed One

Because we need to know that God is faithful to His promises

 

(2 Cor 1:20-22)

20 For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

 

21 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, 22 and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

 

God promised us Isa 9:6

“…Prince of Peace”  …Only fitting, the angels were praising …Luke 2:13-14

 

“With whom He is pleased”

And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Heb 11:6)

 

Peace that passes all understanding comes by faith

Illustration: King and beggar

There is an old story of a king who went into the village streets to greet his subjects. A beggar sitting by the roadside eagerly held up his alms bowl, sure that the king would give handsomely. Instead the king asked the beggar to give him something. Taken aback, the beggar fished three grains of rice from his bowl and dropped them into the king’s outstretched hand. When at the end of the day the beggar poured out what he had received, he found to his astonishment three grains of pure gold in the bottom of his bowl. O, that I had given him all![ii]

 

We need to know that God is faithful to His promises

 

Jesus came as Lord

Because Jesus is our ultimate exaltation 

at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:10-11)

 

Jesus is either Liar, Lunatic, or Lord

 

Jesus is

Lord in the cradle,

Lord on the cross,

Lord at His coming

This time there will be no crown of thorns only the Crown of Glory

 

at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:10-11)

 

Jesus is our ultimate exaltation, because only He is worth it

 

Jesus is our ultimate exaltation, because of His incarnation

 

Illustration: Husband comes to redeem his wife

Husband, wife and child. East coast. One day the husband finds that the wife just left. For weeks he called her everyday, “I love you. I want you to come home.” She would never say much but would answer in silence, sometimes weeping. Then he stepped it up and hired a private detective. The private detective found her on the west coast in a flea bag motel. Without alerting her, he notified the husband who immediately left to go to her. When he knocked on the door, she answered, and he said the same thing. “I love you. I want you to come home.” She fell into his arms and immediately went to packing her bags to go home with her husband. The husband asked, “I’m so glad you’re coming home, but why now?” She said, “All this time you told me you loved me, but now you have shown me how much you love me, and there is no way I can stay away any longer.”

 

God in the OT has always loved you.

 

And when God himself came on Christmas, He showed the ultimate expression of His love for you when He came to you.

 

Immanuel. God with us. Savior – Messiah – Lord

 

 

[i] http://www.moodyradio.org/uploadedfiles/broadcasting/specials/dyer_blog_shepherdsmorethanfieldhands.pdf?n=5478 and http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/luke/2.htm

[ii] As quoted from Elisabeth Elliot, The Path of Loneliness in  Timothy Keller, Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ (Penguin Publishing Group. October 25, 2016, Kindle Edition) 97.

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