************ Sermon on Luke 2:11 ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on December 12, 2004
"He is Savior and Lord"
Church School Program
Who is that baby in the manger our boys and girls have been singing about? 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.
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 that Jesus is Savior and 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 Savior and Lord. Let's look at what this means for Jesus and what this means for you and me.
I What it means for Jesus
A Jesus is Savior. What does this mean? A savior saves. He saves from death and to life. It is as simple as that. He rescues us from drowning. Or he saves us from burning.
Bob Howes of New Zealand has an unusual savior. Mr. Howes, his daughter, and two friends were swimming off New Zealand's northern coast on October 30, 2004 when a group of dolphins began herding them together "by doing tight circles around us," Mr Howes told a newspaper. Mr. Howes and a lifeguard (in a nearby lifeboat) didn't realize what the dolphins were doing – until they saw a great white shark coming toward the swimmers. The dolphins apparently made the formation to repel the shark, and it worked. The shark swam away, and the swimmers made it safely to shore.The dolphins saved Howes from death. They acted as saviors.
Jesus is Savior. He saves from death and to life. We need saving because of sin. We need saving because we are born with sin and do sin.
Jesus is Savior. Don't forget how He saves. Many Jews at the time of Jesus were looking for a savior from the Romans. They thought of the savior as a warrior leading an army in triumph against the foreigners occupying and ruling the land. But this is not how Jesus saves. He saves by way of the cross and the grave. He saves by living the perfect life we cannot live. He saves by taking our shame and our guilt and our punishment. He saves by experiencing the wrath and anger of God against the sin of whole human race.
B Jesus is also 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.
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.
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."
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 What it means for you and me
A Who is your savior? Who is the One Who saves you from your sins? Who is the One who rescues you from drowning and burning? Who is the One Who takes your place and appeases God's wrath?
When Jesus was born many boys and girls and their moms and dads said that the Roman Caesar is savior. Caesar Augustus is savior. He saves from the uncivilized pagans. He saves from chaos and disorder.
B Who is your lord. 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? Who is your king and master? Who do you say has majesty and authority? Christians know better than to say Caesar, or me, or science, or money is Lord. Christians know Jesus is Lord.
C Jesus is Savior and Lord. But is He your Savior and Lord? For Jesus to be your Savior and Lord three things must happen.
First, if Jesus is your Savior and Lord then you believe in Him, then you have faith in Him. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord you say, "Jesus, come into my heart."
Second, if Jesus is your Savior and Lord you give Him your heart, your life, your all.
What is the best Christmas present you can give this year? Every year the duPont Registry and Robb Report have a Christmas gift guide. Christmas gift givers with a $90 million budget can buy loved ones a 17th-century English estate and village. Or, they could go cheap and spend $4.5 million on a natural gas-powered sea-air-land hydrofoil. Or, they can spend $320,000 for a Lamborghini Murcielago Roadster. Or, they can spend $250,000 for an armored Humvee with a hot tub and 9 TV sets. Other gift ideas: a $12.5 million Faberge chess set; a 5-person fly-fishing trip in Wyoming and Alaska for $338,700; and a $15,000 golf cart.Do you know what is better than any of these? The best gift you can give is giving you heart and your life to Jesus. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord then you dedicate yourself to Him completely and totally. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord 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, your farms and dairies and homes and businesses.
Third, if Jesus is your Savior and Lord 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 then you obey His commands. So, what commands does Jesus give? He commands boys and girls:
-to listen to mom and dad and teachers
-to not fight with your brothers or sisters
-to not pick on other kids and poke fun of them
-to be kind and gentle and polite
-to think of others before you think of yourself
-to read the Bible and pray
-to not lie or steal
He commands all of us to have no idols, to not take His name in vain, to keep ourselves pure and holy.
Jesus is Savior and Lord. Now, let me ask you: is He your Savior and Lord? Do you believe in Him? Have you given Him your heart? Do you obey Him?
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