Christ, the King
The following is a summary of my December 11, 2016 sermon.
CHRIST, THE KING
Part 2 of WHO IS THE CHRIST? Luke 1:26-33
December 11, 2016. The Cornerstone Church.
Today, we’re again in passage with the archangel Gabriel. He’s an angelic messenger from God himself. This time he comes to a young woman. Mary was a nobody, from nowhere. Perhaps a 12 year old peasant from Nazareth. God made her a partner in his unfolding plan of salvation. Grace, grace, grace!
BIBLE READING: LUKE 1:26-33
Today, I’m going to give you a reason to ramp up your worship of Jesus. My goal is for us to leave here in total awe of Jesus. Hands high and hearts surrendered. Looking away from ourselves to King Jesus.
A. JESUS IS OUR GOD AND KING - verses 32-33.
Checklists. I live by them. My favorite app is Numbers - an Apple spreadsheet. I make checklists for everything: menu plans, packing checklist, my preaching in 2017, this Saturday’s program.
This passage is like God’s checklist. It’s title is: All They Need - talking about our deepest needs.
We need a great God to control the chaos - check.
We need a gracious God to cleanse our sins - check.
We need a good God to care for our needs - check.
Honestly, Mary probably didn’t understand all that Gabriel told her. But we’ve read the rest of the Bible. We know his announcement is loaded with profound implications for us. This passage tells us that Jesus is OUR GOD AND KING. He is all we need - great, gracious, good God: check, check, check
Look how Gabriel checks off the items on God’s checklist:
1. WE NEED A GREAT GOD TO CONTROL OUR CHAOS. Gabriel said that Jesus would be GREAT. In the OT, “great” is only used of God. It describes his unique qualities: great God, with great power, great works, and great mercy.
“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” - Psalm 145:3
Life can feel out of control or chaotic. But Jesus is the great God above it all. He is leading and guiding and shaping our lives/situations according to his plan and purpose. Jesus controls the people, opportunities, decisions, events of our lives. Even our mistakes. We can be confident that he is working behind the scenes:
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good …" - Romans 8:28
Great God in control: Check that one off!
2. WE NEED A GRACIOUS GOD TO CLEANSE OUR SINS. Gabriel said his name would be JESUS - (Yeshua in Hebrew, Joshua in English), which means the Lord saves! Gabriel got even more specific with Joseph:
“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” - Matthew 1:21
Jesus is the gracious God who saves us from our sins. How did he do that? The great God descended into Mary and joined himself with our flesh and blood.
“… so that he … could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. - Hebrews 2:17
Jesus restores us to God. Gracious God forgiving sins: Check that one off!
3. WE NEED A GOOD GOD TO CARE FOR OUR NEEDS. Gabriel said that Jesus would be SON OF THE MOST HIGH. In ancient Israel, “Son of God” was a king’s title. God gave it to King Solomon:
“I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father.” - 1 Chronicles 28:6b.
So … Gabriel was telling Mary: Jesus will be a King. The job of kings in Israel was to shepherd their people: protect, provide for them. Jesus does that for us:
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.’ - John 10:11
But Jesus would be more than a King. Gabriel said that Jesus would reign on the THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID … FOREVER … NO END.
Isaiah 9 uses the same language to describe an everlasting King who is God:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called … Mighty God, Everlasting Father … 7 … on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore …” - isaiah 9:6-7
Jesus is the good God who cares for our needs. So … check that one off. Jesus is is our great, gracious, good God.
B. OUR RESPONSE TO JESUS, OUR GOD AND KING.
1. WOW! What we know about Jesus should blaze like fire in our hearts. Only one way that happens: a powerful work of the Holy Spirit inside.
Prayer: “Holy Spirit, stoke a fire of worship for Jesus in my heart.”
2. NOW! What I’ve uncovered about Jesus is THE MOST pressing issue to in our lives right now. There’s nothing more important than knowing Jesus as God, Savior, and King.
Prayer: “Jesus, I want to know you. Show me how.”
3. BOW! Who Jesus is - what Jesus has done for us, this is more than enough reason for us to worship Jesus. Every day.
Another word for worship is surrender: giving King Jesus complete control of everything: our minds, our attitudes, our relationships, our lifestyle. Mary shows us how to respond.
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” - Luke 1:38
Jesus wants our: Personal. Humble. Surrender. Advent season looks forward to the day when the whole world will bow to Jesus. Advent is also about us, right now, bowing to Jesus.
Prayer: “Jesus, as best I know how, I submit my life to you. I want to stop living on my terms. I give you control. I believe you are the great God. Please bring order into the chaos of my life. I believe you are the gracious God and Savior. Please cleanse all my sins. I believe you are the good God and King. Please protect me, provide for me, and pull me into the life you want me to live.”