Saving King

advent 2016

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Saving King

Luke 1:26-33


Don’t you love this time of year?!

…how many other times can the radio play the same songs over and over and it really not bother you

…or how many other times during the year can you snoop out other people’s houses – literally creep through neighborhoods not be considered a threat

…I really do like this time of year. Everybody is more jovial, generous, hopeful

…this time of year has a built in hope to it


Reality of the post-Christmas let down


…You know, when we feel like an unplugged Christmas inflatable… deflated

Usually the Christmas let down does not come the days before Christmas or even the early hours of Christmas morning

…the problem comes the day after

…or for your kids, maybe only about 3-4 hours later

…when you search “post Christmas letdown” over 1 million Google returns… full of self-help articles (8 steps, “syndrome”)

This season, more than any other season in our culture, carries with it UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS.

We heap all of our hope on a Season only to find that things didn’t materialize LIKE we hoped… WHEN we hoped, and now we are mired in disappointment


The problem is not the Christmas Season


The problem is that WE HEAP THE HOPE OF HUMANITY onto the season of Christmas

But the Christmas season is only a shadow, and it can’t hold up


Don’t settle for the shadow of the season, there is SOMEONE BETTER, the Savior of Christmas: JESUS the MESSIAH


My Hope this Advent

You and your family will lean into Jesus this Christmas

That you will turn your heart toward something better than the shadows of the Christmas season – to stay focused on the Savior of the Season, Jesus Christ


That’s Why We Are Celebrating Advent

  • It’s far more than a celebration of an historic moment 2,000 years ago.
  • In Advent we LOOK BEHIND us (to the promises completed in full in XJ)
  • BUT ALSO we LOOK FORWARD (to who Jesus is and His to return for us)


The Big Idea Last Week

Jesus is better than the shadow because HE HAS DRAWN NEAR TO YOU

  1. To give you His grace
  2. To make Himself known to you


When a relationship is broken, someone has to make the first move toward the other person to bring about reconciliation – God moved toward you even when you wouldn’t move toward Him


This Week (MIM)

Jesus is Better than the shadow because HE IS THE SAVING KING


We have all sorts of False Kings in our lives

If we are honest with ourselves, we a tendency to elevate unworthy things to a position of power and authority… to the position of King… in our lives

We GIVE authority, power, priority to created things that always fall short of being able to ultimately deliver


This is what the Psalmist is saying in Ps 115

These kings that we fashion cannot speak, see, hear, feel, walk

They are helpless to you,


False Kings will leave you HELPLESS


The Season of Christmas is no help to you, but the King of Christmas, He can Save You


Some of you may be thinking:

“I’m already saved. I don’t need this message”

You’re cutting the power of X short!


Jesus has saved you BUT HE IS ALSO SAVING YOU… delivering you from the shadows into His presence




So what does God reveal to Mary? “Mary, I have chosen you to bear a son, the Messiah, who will change the world”

v31-32a: Jesus Saves COMPLETELY

31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High…


The name Jesus

  1. Iēsous (yay-soos) which is the equivalent of the Hebrew name Yeshua which is the name Joshua
  1. At this point in history, Iēsous was a fairly common, ordinary name
  1. Many little boys were named Iēsous in honor of the Yeshua of the OT
  1. Joshua — whose name means Savior/Salvation comes from the Lord — was the one who led the Israelites from their exile in the wilderness into the Promised Land


  • Moses dies and the leadership of the Israelites is passed to Joshua, son of Nun, leader of Israel’s military forces (Exodus 17:8) and Moses’ personal assistant (Exodus 33:11; Joshua 1:1).
  • After the grief of Moses death passes, the excitement starts to build: the Lord is about to fulfill his centuries-old promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, a homeland in which to serve God without fear in holiness and righteousness all their days (Luke 1:73–75).
  • God parts the Jordan and the Israelites pass the Ark of the Covenant as they walk into the Promised Land
  • Canaan, the Promised Land is full of enemies and haters of God.
  • They camp in Gilgal, then the conquest begins.
  • Jericho falls in Joshua 6.
  • Then after a brief setback due to the disobedience of Achan, in chapter 7, Ai is captured.
  • Then Joshua subdues all the southern part of Canaan in Joshua 9–10, and all the northern part in Joshua 11.
  • In chapters 13–21, the land is parceled out to the tribes of Israel.
  • The climax comes in Joshua 21:43, 45 with these words:

So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it… Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.

  • But there are premonitions of trouble ahead because there were remnants of the godless nations still in Canaan, and Joshua had to warn the people before he died:

“Take good heed to yourselves, therefore, to love the Lord your God. For if you turn back and join the remnant of these nations left here among you, . . . know assuredly that God will not continue to drive out these nations before you” (Joshua 23:11–13).


  1. Joshua of the OT was a only a shadow of Jesus Christ
  1. the baby in Mary’s womb will be a better Savior than Joshua
  1. THIS IS NO ORDINARY JOSHUA (v32a, “great”) … This is NO ORDINARY SON (v32a, “the son of the Most High”)
  2. This is the Son of God who will be the Savior/Deliverer of all of humanity
  3. This Son, this Jesus, will be a better Savior than Joshua because
  • He is not merely delivering the Israelites into a Promised Land where toil, heart-ache and enemies still remain
  • Rather HE IS DELIVERING HUMANITY from toil, heartache, and man’s greatest enemy death FOREVER


Jesus Saves Completely

1.) Jesus saves you from the GUILT of sin, by cleansing you in His own atoning blood.

2.) Jesus saves you from the DOMINION of sin by putting in your heart His sanctifying Spirit.

3.) Jesus saves you from the PRESENCE of sin, when He takes you out of this world to rest with Him.

4.) Jesus will save you from ALL THE CONSEQUENCES of sin, when He gives you a glorious body at the last day.[i]


Not only does Jesus save Completely

vv32b-33: Jesus is King CURRENTLY

At these very words from God, Mary’s heart – the heart of a little Jewish girl -must have skipped a beat with excitement


Her heart would have been pulled to Isa 9:6-7

6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

And the government will rest on His shoulders;

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,

On the throne of David and over his kingdom,

To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness

From then on and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.


Jesus rules right now!

Not out to lunch… not away from His desk


Never a moment Jesus is not King


Never a moment that goes unnoticed

  • He cries with the burdened
  • He heals the broken
  • He comforts the heavy heart
  • He corrects the wayward heart
  • He NEVER STOPS DRAWING people to Himself
  • He NEVER STOPS DEMANDING your surrender


Jesus, the only Saving King Demands your full SURRENDER

Not even at the announcement of His coming is



King Jesus saves. No other king will do



  1. Submit to the HS to search your heart for false kings
  1. Know that Jesus saves completely… there is nothing to hold back from Him


  1. Surrender to Jesus the Messiah… Jesus the Saving King

surrender your Christmas season to Him

  1. Rest in Him

There is no rest with false kings/shadows

When we heap our hope onto a shadow, the shadow cannot hold our hope and our hope falls.

So we have to pick it up again.

And we cast our hope onto another shadow, and again the shadow cannot hold our hope.

This time it falls and it breaks

So we have to pick up the pieces and carry it again.

…and so on…


Only King Jesus can bring you rest. The rest your heart longs for. Only King Jesus.


Only King Jesus saves.




[i] J.C. Ryle, What Does the Name Jesus Mean?