THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
SERMONS FOR EDIFICATION
THE BABY JESUS
TEXT: Luke 2:1-14
There's an old story that tells about a little boy who prayed that Jesus would send him a red wagon for Christmas. He prayed fervently, because he was from a poor family. He actually NEEDED that red wagon to help him haul wood for the fireplace.
The day after Christmas, the pastor walked out on the lawn of the church and was looking at the nativity scene. Something was missing. At first, he couldn't tell just what it was. THEN, all of a sudden, he REALIZED Baby Jesus was missing from the manger!
Jus then, the pastor heard a soft voice behind him saying, "Bro. Pastor, forgive me." The pastor turned and saw the little boy with a red wagon, and the Baby Jesus was IN the wagon! He asked the little boy why he had taken the Baby Jesus.
The boy responded, "Sir, I'm sorry I tood Baby Jesus. But I prayed and asked Him to send me a red wagon for Christmas. And I PROMISED Him I would give HIM the FIRST ride in the wagon!"
OH! How we need to pray BELIEVING!
OH! How we need to pray with willingness to put Jesus FIRST in our lives!
The Scripture this morning is from the Gospel of Luke about the birth of Jesus Christ, God Incarnate, born in a cattle stall. Last week I talked about the technical manner in which God became a man. Today I want to share with you the beauty and glory of THE BABY JESUS.
"When first I heard of Baby Jesus, 'twas at my mother's knee.
From the Bible, reverently held, she spoke tenderly to me.
AH! My son, His glory exceeds the stars in clear night sky!
His brightness exceeds the sunlight, so bright 'twill make ya cry!
His power exceeds the bombs with which the earth is rent.
For, ya see, 'twas GOD, in Baby Jesus, sweet and innocent."
The Old Testament reveals the Almighty Creator God, Who drove Adam and Eve from the perfect garden when they sinned. He drove them out because of MERCY to keep them from eating of the "tree of life" and remaining in sin forever.
The Old Testament reveals a God SEPARATED from men because of their sin!
The Old Testament reveals a God HOLY! So Holy that even His own chosen people couldn't approach the interior of the sanctuary. Only the High Priest could enter once each year.
There is a thematic representation of God UNAPPROACHABLE in the Old Testament. But the NEW TESTAMENT presents God in a baby - innocent, holdable, adorable!
Even humble shepherds would be comfortable in the presence of this God in the manger of a cattle stall!
As He grew, and began His ministry of teaching and preaching, Jesus was quite glad to hold little children in His arms. He would not condemn the most awful sinner, but would offer eternal love and forgiveness.
THAT's the Jesus I want to share with you today!
THE BABE IN A MANGER
THE APPROACHABLE GOD
THE ATONER OF OUR SINS
THE GOD WHO SWEETLY CALLS ALL MEN
I. THE BABE IN A MANGER
Margaret Clarkson once wrote a hymn which best concludes this message today. Let me read portions of that beautiful hymn and then, let us pray!
A COMMUNION HYMN FOR CHRISTMAS
((Margaret Clarkson - Hymn 140 in "The Hymnal,
by Word Music))
Gathered 'round Your table on this holy eve,
Viewing Bethlehem's stable we rejoice and grieve;
Joy to see You lying in Your manger bed,
Weep to see You dying in our sinful stead.
Prince of Glory, gracing Heav'n ere time began,
Now for us empracing death as Son of Man;
By Your birth so lowly, by Your love so true,
By Your cross most holy, Lord we worship YOU!
Bethlehem's Incarnation, Calvary's bitter cross,
Wrought for us salvation by Your pain and loss;
Now we fall before You in this holy place,
Prostrate we adore You, for Your gift of grace.
Christmas Babe so tender, Lamb Who bore our sins,
How shall sinners render praises due Your Name?
Do Your own good pleasure in the lives we bring;
In Your ransomed treasure reign forever King!