Sunday, December 13, 2015 ~ The King Has Come

The King Has Come

 
There are several aspects of the Christmas Story we want to look at.
 
Bethlehem: The Setting
  • Micah 5:2 ~ “But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel: whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
  • Every story needs a setting. Batman has Gotham; Grinch has Whoville
  • The Christmas Story has Bethlehem. Micah describes as little or insignificant city.
  • God chose this little town as the destination for the most significant moment in the history of the universe.
  • God chose the most humble of cities and the most humble of woman to make His grand entrance into creation. Great lesson ~ God loves humility.
Innkeeper: Compassion
  • Luke 2:7 ~ “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
  • Imagine yourself in this same situation: So much to do, so little time.
  • KNOCK, KNOCK, KNOCK
  • When you open the door, you see a sweet couple in need; the young wife is nine-months pregnant and on the threshold of labor … What do you do?
The Angels: Goodwill
  • Luke 2:14 ~ “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
  • The angels came with good news for all men, to spread the message that peace – the peace of God – had come in the form of the child born.
  • The peace of God is available to all who would receive it, but only those who receive it reap its pleasure.
  • The good news the angels were proclaiming was that this peace was now available to all, and they glorified God as Lord of compassion and kindness.
The Shepherds: Witness
  • Luke 2:15-17 ~ “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and seeing this thing which is come to pass which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
  • Imagine the shepherds trying to explain what they witnessed in the sky that night in Bethlehem!
  • As we read, you are trying to imagine it in your mind. But guess what?
  • The real deal was infinitely more awe-inspiring and captivating!
  • And angel of the Lord appeared, declared the Messiah had arrive, and then suddenly an army of angels filled the sky to proclaim the glory of God!
The Wise Men: Seeking
  • Matthew 2:10-11 ~ “When they say the star; they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the hosue, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasurers, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
  • These wise men devoted their lives to finding the King.
  • These Gentiles trusted in God’s Word, so much that they left their land in search of the promised King and Messiah.
  • They sought Him in faith and with all their hearts, and rejoiced with exceeding great joy as they found their was to Him.
God’s Love:
  • John 3:16 ~ “For God so loved the Word, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • God became a man! The Creator who spoke the heavens and the earth into existence entered in His creation.
  • As all the earth stood unaware, the King of Kings appeared. The firstborn over all creation was born of a humble young woman, in a humble town, in a humble stable.
  • The great “I AM” became a little baby.
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}