SERMON SEEDS
December 12, 2017, 4:27 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 12/11/17

SERMON SEEDS

P44 – THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 11, 2017

 

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HELP YOU SHARE DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

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LUKE 1:13 Etc. – “FEAR NOT!”

One of the great messages of the Bible is that those who fear and trust God completely have nothing to fear. Many times God says to his followers, "Fear Not". Consider that this message is stated four different times in the Christmas Account. God says "Fear not" to:

 

1. A DESPERATE OLD MAN - Luke 1:13 (Luke 1:5-25)

Zecharias so desperately wanted a son that he was probably praying for one, when he was supposed to be praying for the people. When we are desperate, God says to us "Fear not".

 

2. A DISTINCT YOUNG WOMAN - Luke 1:30 (Luke 1:26-38)

Mary was distinct because she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah. We are distinct as Christians because we the children of God, and have nothing to fear except God (Luke 12:4-5). Because we are distinct, God says to us, "Fear not".

 

3. A DISAPPOINTED YOUNG MAN - Matthew. 1:20 (Matthew. 1:18-25) - Joseph was disappointed because he thought his bride to be was unfaithful. God's message to "fear not", assured Joseph that all was well. Often through our disappointments we will hear God say,

"Fear not."

 

4. DEDICATED SERVANTS - Luke 2:10 (Luke 2:8-14)

The shepherds were just doing their jobs, watching their flocks by night. Something special happened to them on the job. The angel appeared, and they were told to "fear not". As we faithfully serve the

Lord, and a surprise occurs, we will hear the Lord saying "Fear not."

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MATTHEW 1-2 – JOSEPH'S DREAMS

 

Like the Old Testament Joseph, the guardian of the Lord Jesus in the New Testament was also a dreamer.  God spoke to Joseph often through dreams.

 

THE DREAM THAT BROUGHT PEACE – Matthew 1:18-25

It was a dream that allayed any of Joseph’s fears about marrying Mary, who was pregnant.

 

THE DREAM THAT SUPPLIED PROTECTION – Matthew 2:13-18

Herod, in jealousy, would kill babies in the Bethlehem area. The dream protected Jesus.

 

THE DREAM THAT GAVE PROMISE – Matthew 2:19-21

It was then safe to move back to Israel.

 

THE DREAM THAT PROVIDED PLACEMENT – Matthew 2:22-23

Joseph was guided back to Nazareth due to the dream. This was in fulfillment of prophecy.

 

 

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MATTHEW 2 – LESSONS FOR CHRISTMAS

 

The Christmas story is full of truths which we can apply to our own lives. Consider these four truths from Matthew 2:

 

1. GOD'S TIMING IS PERFECT Vss. 1-2

Jesus was born at just the right time and in just the right place (Micah 5:2)

The wise men came at just the right time to just the right place.

 

2. GOD'S ENEMIES ARE TREACHEROUS Vss. 3-8

Satan, through Herod, would do all that he could to destroy the Lord Jesus, including trying to deceive the wise men.

 

3. GOD'S SERVANTS ARE FAITHFUL Vss. 9-14

a. To go. Vss. 9-10

b. To share. Vs. 11

c. To obey. Vss. 12-14 (The wise men and Joseph obeyed God's directions.)

 

4. GOD'S PROTECTION IS POWERFUL Vss. 15-23

Satan through Herod tried to destroy Jesus, but God protected His Son.

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ISAIAH 9:6-7 – GREAT NEWS!

 

Isaiah 9:6-7 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. [7] Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

THE PERSON   

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

 

THE PROCLAMATION

…and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

THE PROMISE

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

 

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JOHN 1:1-5, 14-17 – SUPERNATURAL INVASION

A Complete Lesson

 

  • What are some of the greatest military invasions of all time?
  • What are some of the characteristics and results of a successful invasion?
  • In what sense is Christmas an invasion?
  • How was this invasion different from military invasions?

 

Some people would not think of John 1:1-5 and 14-17 as a Christmas passage.  In reality, it is, because it speaks of the incarnation or God the Son becoming man. Christ’s arrival can be thought of as a friendly, supernatural invasion. This passage describes our Lord Jesus Christ in the following ways:

 

HIS ETERNAL IDENTITY  - Vss. 1-2

 

  • Vs. 1 - Before the heavens and earth were created the Lord Jesus Christ existed. Genesis 1:1
  • The verb “was” indicates continuing action in the past.  There never was a time that Jesus did not exist. He is not a created being.
  • Jesus is called “the Word”.  This had significance to both Jewish and Gentile readers.
  • “To the Jew a word was something concrete, something much closer to what we would call an event or a deed. A word spoken was a deed done.” James Montgomery Boice, The Gospel of John, Volume I, The Coming of the Light,(Grand Rapids MI, Baker Books,1999), p.34
  • “To the Greek philosophers, the logos was the impersonal, abstract principle of reason and order in the universe. It was in some sense a creative force, and also the source of wisdom.” John MacArthur, John 1-11, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary, (Chicago, Moody Press, 2006), p.16
  • Based on the two quotes above, how do you view Jesus as “the Word”?
  • It says that the Word was “with God”.  I was once with John Denver (along with thousands of others).  Just about every day I’m with my wife. There’s quite a difference.  To be with someone is to be “face to face”.  Jesus was intimate with God.
  • “…and the Word was God”. – What are some of the attributes of God that Jesus displayed?  Did He ever claim to be God? John 8:56-58
  • Vs. 2 – Why is this verse significant?

 

HIS EARTHLY IMPORTANCE - Vss. 3-5

 

  • Vs. 3 - Creation involved the Trinity.  That Jesus is creator is attested to in other Scriptures.  Colossians 2:16, Hebrews 1:1-2
  • Vs. 4 – It is phenomenal to think that in Himself Jesus possesses life. We have life, but we are dependent creatures. Jesus has life because He is God.
  • As Creator Jesus gives physical life.
  • As Savior Jesus gives Spiritual life. John 14:6, John 10:10,
  • God is light. As God, Jesus is light. 1 John 1:5, John 8:12, Revelation 21:23
  • Vs. 5 – The light of the Lord Jesus cannot be comprehended, overcome, or “put out” by darkness.
  • In what ways are the threats of Spiritual darkness serious? Ephesians 6:12
  • John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

HIS EXTRAORDINARY INVOLVEMENT - Vss. 14-17

 

  • Vs. 14 – When Jesus “became flesh” He was no less God. He voluntarily limited the use of his attributes. Philippians 2:5-8
  • What was the greatest significance of the Old Testament Tabernacle? Exodus 40:34-35
  • When Jesus “dwelt among us”, it means that “He pitched his tent” with us.  In an intimate way God resided with man.
  • In what ways did John and others behold the glory of the Lord Jesus?
  • How was Jesus’ glory full of “grace and truth”?
  • Vs. 16 – We as Christians have received the fullness of His grace, so that God heaps on us “grace upon grace”.  Ephesians 1:3-7, 2:7
  • Vs. 17 – Law and grace are both necessary. Why?
  • Why are grace and truth wrapped up in our Lord Jesus Christ?

 

 

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CHRISTMAS QUOTES

 

ISAIAH SPEAKS OF THE PERSON OF CHRIST

Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

 

MICAH SPEAKS OF THE PLACE OF CHRIST

Micah 5:2 - But thou, Bethlehem 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.

JOHN SPEAKS OF THE PRESENCE OF CHRIST

John 1:14 - And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

PAUL SPEAKS OF THE PRESENT OF CHRIST

2 Corinthians 9:15 - Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

THE ANGELS SPEAK OF THE PROCLAMATION OF CHRIST

Luke 2:10-14 - And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

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ALL HE (JESUS) WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS

 

When I was a boy there was a song that went, “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”  More recently I have become familiar with the song, “I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”.

 

Without answering out loud, what do you want for Christmas?  Is it a toy, a game, some new clothes, something for the computer? Or is it something more altruistic, like a change in somebody’s attitude, more love in your family, or peace in Iraq?

 

Christmas is Jesus’ Birthday.  And now you may answer out loud, what do you think Jesus wants for Christmas?

 

Of course Jesus is God and doesn’t need any of the traditional presents like toys, games, food, or clothes.

Jesus is God and is very comfortable and authoritative.

 

Hebrews 1:1-4 - God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, [2] Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; [3] Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; [4] Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

 

So what does Jesus wants for Christmas?

I would like to suggest to you that all Jesus wants for Christmas is your acceptance. He has everything else. He wants you to accept Him for who He is and what He has done.

 

For Christmas Jesus wants you to:

ACCEPT HIM AS THE LAMB FOR YOU LIFE

 

Luke 2:11 - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 

John 1:29 - The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

1 Peter 1:18-19 - Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 

Revelation 5:12 - Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 

John 3:16-18 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

   

For Christmas Jesus wants you to:

ACCEPT HIM AS THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE

 

1 John 4:19 - We love him, because he first loved us.

 

Matthew 22:37-40 - Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. [38] This is the first and great commandment. [39] And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. [40] On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

John 14:21 - He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

 

Revelation 2:4 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

 

Luke 14:26-27 - If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. [27] And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

 

For Christmas Jesus wants you to:

ACCEPT HIM AS LORD IN YOUR LIFE

 

John 13:13 - Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

 

Luke 9:23-24 - And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. [24] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

 

Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

For Christmas Jesus wants you to:

ACCEPT HIM AS THE LAMB FOR YOU LIFE

ACCEPT HIM AS THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE

ACCEPT HIM AS LORD IN YOUR LIFE

 

 

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