************ Sermon on Luke 2:11 ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on December 15, 2002
"He is Lord"
Church School Program
Boys and girls, what is an elephant? How would you describe it to someone who has never seen one before?
Topic: MajestyWhat is an elephant? Your answer, like the answer of the blind men, depends on what part of the elephant you see or feel.
Subtopic: Of God
Title: The Blind Men and the Elephant
Once there was a village where all inhabitants were blind. When a man passed one day riding an elephant, a group of the village men cried out asking the rider to let them touch the great beast, for though they had heard about elephants, they had never been close to one.
About six of them were allowed to approach the animal, each being led to touch a different part of the body. After a time the rider left, and the blind men hurried back to their people to share the experience. "With what can you compare an elephant?" the people in the crowd asked their six friends.
"I know all about elephants," cried the man who had touched the animal's side. "He is long and narrow, and built like a thick wall."
"Nonsense," shouted the man who had touched the elephant's tusk. "He is rather short, round, and smooth, but very sharp. I would compare an elephant to a spear."
A third, who had touched the ear, joined in. "It is nothing like a wall or a spear. An elephant is like a gigantic leaf, made of thick wool carpet. It moves when you touch it."
"I disagree," said the man who had handled the trunk. "An elephant is much like a large snake."
The fifth man shouted his disapproval. He had touched a leg of the great beast. "It is plain to me that none of you have described the animal accurately. It is round and reaches toward the heavens like a tree."
The sixth man, who had been placed on the elephant's back, cried out, "Can none of you accurately describe an elephant? He is like a gigantic moving mountain."
Boys and girls, let me ask you another question: Who is Jesus? What would you say about Him to people who don't know Him? We can give different answers:
-Jesus is the baby in the manger, so meek and mild.
-Jesus is the Savior Who died on the cross for our sins.
-Jesus is a Warrior King, the Messiah, Who someday will defeat all the enemies of God.
-Jesus is the Son of God and Son of Man.
-Jesus is the promised descendant of Abraham and David.
-Jesus is Almighty God, able to heal the blind, multiply the loaves and fish, and command the wind to be still.
-Jesus is Lord; He sits on the right hand of God and has all authority and power.
Boys and girls, trying to describe Jesus is like trying to describe an elephant. Your answer depends on what side of Jesus you see.
Jesus knew that people were confused about Him. He asked His disciples, "Who do the crowds say I am?" They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life." "But what about you?" He asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "The Christ of God." (Luke 9:18-20).
Jesus, the baby in the manger, is many things. Today, I want to tell you boys and girls that Jesus is Lord. On the first Christmas Day that's also what the angels said:
(Lk 2:11) Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. That baby in the manger is Christ the Lord. To put it simply, He is Lord! Let's look at what this means for Jesus and what this means for you and me.
I Jesus is Lord - what it means for Jesus
A Jesus is Lord. The word "Lord" first means He is king. Jesus is King. He is your King and my King. He is King of Visalia. He is King of our Mayor. He is King of President Bush. He is King of Queen Elizabeth. He is King of the United States and Canada and Russia. He is King of kings and Lord of lords.
B Jesus is Lord. This also means He is Master or Owner. Visalia belongs to Him. So does North America. So does the world. In fact, the entire universe and everything in it belongs to Him. He is Master of everything. There is not even one square inch of the universe that does not belong to Him.
C Jesus is Lord. This means His is majesty and honor and glory and pomp.
Topic: WorshipThe majesty of Jesus is far greater than the majesty of Queen Elizabeth. What is this majesty? It is the majesty of light, the light of a thousand times ten thousand suns, light so bright and so glorious that not even the angels can gaze upon it. It is the majesty of position; God has given Jesus the highest place, a place at His right hand. It is the majesty of name; God has given Jesus the name that is above every name.
Subtopic: Of Christ
In 1978 Jack Hayford and his wife Anna were vacationing in Britain during the 25th anniversary of the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II. Jack and Anna Hayford saw castles and guards, horses and carriages, trumpets and parades, flags and pennants. This started Jack thinking of the majesty of Jesus. So one day, as they drove through the countryside, Jack asked Anna to write down these words: "Majesty, worship His majesty. Unto Jesus be all glory, power, and praise."
D Jesus is Lord. Finally, this means His is authority, power, and rule. "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me," says Jesus (Mt 28:18). Before Him every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. And every tongue should confess He is Lord.
II Jesus is Lord - what it means for you and me
A Who is your lord, boys and girls. Who is your king and master? Who do you say has majesty and authority?
When Jesus was born many boys and girls and their moms and dads said that the Roman Emperor is lord. Caesar Augustus is lord. He is king and master. He has majesty and authority.
Today is the "me generation." Many people today say, "I am lord." These people pretend they are king and master of their lives; they pretend they control their own future.
Today many people also believe that science and technology is lord. There is no problem that science cannot cure.
There are also people today who believe that money is in control. It is money that makes the world go round.
Who is your lord, boys and girls. Who is your king and master? Who do you say has majesty and authority? Christian boys and girls know better than to say Caesar, or me, or science, or money. Christian boys and girls know Jesus is Lord.
B Boys and girls, Jesus is Lord. But is He your Lord? For Jesus to be your Lord three things must happen.
First, if Jesus is your Lord then you believe in Him, then you have faith in Him. If Jesus is your Lord you say, "Jesus, come into my heart."
Second, if Jesus is your Lord you give Him your heart, your life, your all.
Topic: GivingIf Jesus is your Lord, boys and girls, then you give Him your life and you mean it. If Jesus is your Lord, boys and girls, then you dedicate yourself to Him completely and totally. If Jesus is your Lord, boys and girls, then you and all that you have belong to Him – your body and your soul, your toys and your bikes, your computers and your electronic games.
Subtopic: To God
Title: A Diamond
The Koh-i-nor diamond is among the most spectacular in the world. Queen Victoria received it as a gift from a maharajah when he was a lad. Later as a grown man this maharajah visited Queen Victoria again.
He requested that the stone be brought from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace. The maharajah took the diamond and, kneeling before the Queen, gave it back to her, saying, "Your Majesty, I gave this jewel when I was a child, too young to know what I was doing. I want to give it to you again in the fullness of my strength, with all of my heart and affection, and gratitude, now and forever, fully realizing all that I do."
Third, if Jesus is your Lord, boys and girls, then you obey Him. We don't have kings, real kings, in our world any more so we don't know what a real king is like. But people who lived at the time of Jesus knew what a real king was like. Those people knew that before a king you either bow or perish, you either obey or you die. If Jesus is your Lord, boys and girls, then you obey His commands. So, what commands does Jesus give to you boys and girls:
-He commands you to listen to mom and dad and teachers
-He commands you to not fight with your brothers or sisters
-He commands you to share
-He commands you to not pick on other kids and poke fun of them
-He commands you to be kind and gentle and polite
-He commands you to think of others before you think of yourself
-He commands you to read the Bible and pray
-He commands you to not lie or steal
Jesus is Lord. He is king and master. He has majesty and authority. Now, let me ask you: is He your Lord? Do you believe in Him? Have you given Him your heart? Do you obey Him?
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