Dec. 27, 2020
Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas
Jesus is Lord
Matthew 2:1-12 & Philippians 2:5-11
During Advent and Christmas we have explored the titles given to Jesus in Scripture:
d. Word Made Flesh
f. Light of the World
Gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke include infancy narratives of Jesus.
a. Birth in Bethlehem
b. Visit of the magi
c. Jesus is dedicated in the temple
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
i. Jesus is Savior and Light.
38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
ii. Jesus is redeemer. Jesus gives us worth.
The Christmas story is not the end. It is only the beginning because it points to Jesus' story:
2. The Visit of the Magi
a. Jesus is King, Savior, Emmanuel, Word, and Light.
b. Jesus came for everyone.
c. Magi comes from the word "magic."
d. Magi followed a star
e. Magi are looking for a king and come bearing gifts
3. Magi bow before the infant
Jesus is Lord
Good news:Jesus is Lord!
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
4. The earliest Christian Creed:
Jesus is Lord
9 because[ if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says “Let Jesus be cursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:3
a. When we say "Jesus is Lord" we are saying Jesus has authority in our life.
name for God so sacred it was not spoken
LORD in the Old Testament
c. When Christians say "Lord" they acknowledge Jesus is the incarnation of YHWH.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What does "Jesus is Lord" mean in your life?
“I am no longer my own, but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,
exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.”