December 27 Sermon Excerpt

This past Sunday we took a week off from our sermon series on Ruth and examined Matthew 1:1, here are a few excerpts from that message:

As we saw on Christmas Eve, Jesus, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Savior of the world was born with no fan-fare, no royal welcome, and no place at the local inn.  Jesus would start a revolution that would change the world, but not through the use of swords and power.  His revolution would be one that would change hearts and lives for eternity.  

The point of Jesus coming, His incarnation, was first to magnify God’s glory. And second, to serve His people and die for His people, so that they could have life and life in abundance (John 10:10).

As we glance over the genealogy of Jesus, we find the Godly, but we also find wretched sinners.  The “human” line of Jesus, the line of David, was chalk full of the ugliness of humanity, but that’s the point…Jesus came to save the sinner.  He came to save the prostitutes, the liars, the idolaters, and the lost.  

So what does that mean for us?  Jesus’ name points to what He’s come to do for you.  He has come to save sinners…you and me!  Romans 3:23-24: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  The Lord saves you. The Lord is salvation for you. Jesus has come to save you, your ugliness, and your sin.

Throughout the Bible we’ve noticed that He often uses the simple, mundane, and seemingly insignificant things of the world to accomplish His purposes.  Revolutions don’t always begin with a loud bang, they often begin behind the scenes.

The Israelites had misguided and poor expectations of Jesus.  What your expectations of Jesus?