************ Sermon on Luke 24:27 ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on December 17, 2006
"God's Road Map"
Sunday School Program
(Luke 24:27) And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
We are going to go on a journey, a trip. Usually, when you go on a trip you use a map.
A couple of years ago I flew to Bellingham, WA. I rented a car and visited my sister in Burnaby, BC. The car I rented had the Magellan navigation system. Once I was in the car I used a little keyboard to type in my sister's address. A map popped up on the screen and a nice female voice told me what to do the rest of the trip. She said things like:
"Intersection approaching. Go into the left lane."
"Exit in one mile."
"Go into the right lane."
"You missed your exit, your dummy. Turn around and try again."
When I followed the directions exactly, I made it from Bellingham, WA to my sister's house in Burnaby, BC, at night, without once getting lost.
We need to follow a road map to understand the Bible. I have a map with me. HOLD UP MAP.
The first spot on our map is the Garden of Eden. Does anyone know where the Garden of Eden might be? MARK EDEN ON THE MAP WITH A PIN. The Garden of Eden is where man first lived when he was made by God. The Garden of Eden is where man first sinned. And, the Garden of Eden is where God gave the first promise of Jesus. Listen to the promise:
(Gen 3:15) "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."God is talking to Satan and He promises that Satan's head will be crushed by the seed of the woman, by a descendant of Eve and Adam. We know it is Jesus Who destroys Satan.
The next spot on our journey is Ur of the Chaldeans. Does anyone know who lived in Ur? Abraham and Sarah, Abraham's father Terah, Abraham's nephew Lot. MARK UR ON THE MAP. One day God said to Abraham,
(Gen 12:1) "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you."They made it as far as Haran. MARK HARAN ON THE MAP. God made a series of wonderful promises to Abraham:
(Gen 12:2-3) "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. (3) I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."Did you hear all the blessings? A great nation, a great name, lots of blessings. And, "all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." God is talking about Jesus. Jesus comes from Abraham's family.
Our next stop is Egypt. As you know, the children of Abraham, the Israelites, ended up in Egypt. MARK EGYPT ON THE MAP. Jacob died in Egypt. Just before he died he blessed each of his sons. And, he said something real special to Judah:
(Gen 49:10) The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.Jacob is saying that the king of all the earth is going to come from the tribe of Judah. That king, of course, is Jesus.
Our next stop is Israel. It is marked nice and clear on this map. But I want to mark a little town – the town of Bethlehem. MARK BETHLEHEM ON THE MAP. The prophet Micah has a prophecy about Bethlehem:
(Micah 5:2) "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."Micah said this 750 years before Jesus was born. He prophesied that Jesus was going to be born in Bethlehem.
Our next stop is Babylon. Israel was exiled to Babylon because of their disobedience. MARK BABYLON ON THE MAP. A young Jewish boy was taken to Babylon with his friends. God blessed him in Babylon so he became the second most important man in the kingdom. Any of you know the boy's name? It was Daniel. Daniel looked forward to the time when Jesus would be king of everything.
(Dan 7:14) He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, there was another prophet – his name was Isaiah. MARK JERUSALEM ON MAP. Isaiah made many wonderful predictions about the Messiah. Listen to some of Isaiah's predictions:
(Isa 7:14) Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.Isaiah announced that Jesus was going to be born of a virgin.
(Isa 40:3) A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.Isaiah was talking about JnBap preparing the way for Jesus.
(Isa 53:7) He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.Isaiah was talking about the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
Someone gave me an early Christmas present this year. HOLD UP FRAMED POSTER. It has some of the names of Christ. READ ALOUD SOME OF THE NAMES. Notice that each name has a Bible passage written by it. The third and fourth line comes from Isaiah. Isaiah talks about Messiah Jesus, His government, His names. Listen to what Isaiah says:
(Isa 9:6) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
There are many more prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament – hundreds of them. But when we look at them, we see that God has a road map, a plan, that He has been following. It started already in the Garden of Eden. It includes Canaan, Egypt, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Babylon. All these places fits into God's plan for our salvation.
Remember the verse I started my message with? Jesus has already been born. Jesus has already suffered and died. Jesus has already risen from the grave. He meets two disciples of His who are really upset about the cross and the grave. They think Jesus is dead. They think Jesus probably is not the Messiah. Jesus listens to them. Then Luke says this:
(Luke 24:27) And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.Jesus did the same thing with these disciples that I just did with you: Jesus shows them God's road map! He shows them God's plan. He shows them how the events of His life have been written down years before they even came to be.
The manger, the cross, the grave – none of them are accidents. They are all part of God's plan. They are all part of God's plan to save you and to save me.
Father, how grateful we are that Your incredible master plan includes us. How humbled we are to be reminded that no matter our past or present situation, Your intention has always been to be with us. Thank You for a timeless story that demonstrates to us the great lengths You took to bring us back to You. Thank You for Your unspeakable gift, Your indescribable love, and Your unimaginable plan. Thank You for Jesus, the Wonderful One. Thank You for all that is ours because of Christmas Day. Amen.
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