The Born Identity

Posted: December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Last Sunday I started a new teaching series “UNEXPECTED” and talked about “The Born Identity”.  This series is all about Jesus.  Last week was about his birth and  true identity.  One would never have dreamed or planned for God to send the Savior in the manner of a new born child.  In the declaration of Luke 2 we see that Jesus is Savior, Christ and Lord.

The plan is to use the blog to dig deeper about Sunday’s messages and other subjects as they are on my heart. Since I have just started blogging again it will take me a few days to catch up with my preaching schedule.  The first couple days will be a heavier load.  Today you will get the outline to part one of unexpected, preached December 4th and a couple days of digging deeper.  By the end of the week we should be caught up “UNEXPECTED” series.

(Luke 2:1-7; 11) “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

THE UNEXPECTED IDENTITY OF THE NEWBORN BABY

The baby in the manger is MY DELIVER!

“Savior” – Savior is the title given by God because He will deliver His people from their sins. “Jesus” means “ The Lord is salvation”

(Matthew 1:21) “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

The baby in the manger is GOD’S PLAN!

“Christ” – This title refers to the Old Testament promise of one who would come and fulfill God’s special purpose of delivering mankind from his greatest enemy – sin.

(1 Peter 1:20) “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

The baby is the manger is GOD HIMSELF!

“Lord” – This title refers to the holy, unspeakable personal name of God himself

(Luke 1:32, 35) “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David… The angel answered [to Mary], “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

DIGGING DEEPER

Read Luke 2:8-20. MANGER SCENE. When we think about Christmas, most of us have in our heads a picture of Jesus as a baby in a manger. This image is a great place to start when we think about the meaning of Christmas, but it must not be our last. While the manger scenes in the front yards of our churches and homes may be beautiful to gaze upon, we must be careful that we don’t leave him there. This tiny, helpless baby lived an amazing life, died for sinners, ascended to heaven, and will come back to this earth as King of kings. Christ will rule the world and judge all people according to their decisions about him. Do you still picture Jesus as a baby in a manger—or is he your Lord? Don’t underestimate Jesus. Let him grow up in your life. Let Him be your life each day. Are you ready to live out Galatians 2:20 today? If so, Christmas has come to truly live in your heart! Ask the Lord to help you live in daily obedience and surrender to Him every day.

Read Luke 2:8-20. JUST AS YOU ARE. Get in your time machine and travel back over 2000 years ago to a little town called Bethlehem outside Jerusalem. The greatest event in history has just occurred! The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this, and when it finally happened, the announcement came to … lowly shepherds. What’s that about?!? Where is the marching band or the royal entourage to greet Him? What was God saying to us with Jesus’ quiet and lowly beginning? He was saying that Jesus comes to all types of people, including the plain, the ordinary, and the outcasts of society. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept him. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life. Don’t think that you need extraordinary qualifications—Jesus accepts you as you are. Ask the Lord to give you the confidence to accept His forgiveness, not on your own merits, but on His grace instead.

 

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