CHRISTMAS 2015 # 4
“KING ME!” (Luke 1:26-33)
FBC Earlville 12-24-15 7 PM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Tonight’s Special: “I’ll Be Home”
A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing — forty-five years of misery is enough.”
“Dad, what are you talking about?” the son pleads.
“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.”
Franticly, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Over my dead body they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!”
She calls Scotland immediately and screams at her father.
“You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.
The old man puts the phone down and turns to his wife. “Done! They’re coming for Christmas — and they’re paying their own way.”
Believe it or not, one of the highlights of my growing up was playing checkers with my Dad. Of course, I never won. He was a vicious competitor (in fact, I never beat him in golf either). And one of his focuses in playing checkers was to get as many checkers “kinged” by getting his pieces to my end of the board. He was dogged with determination. And I dreaded his inevitable words, “King me!”. After reading the accounts in the gospel of the Savior’s birth, perhaps those words could be our Savior’s cry as well. PRAYER
# 1 KING BY FAMILY (Luke 1:26-33)
* v 27 Jesus’ earthly father was a descendant of David. Thus Jesus was to be born in the kingly line of David
v. 32-33 Jesus was to reign as King on David’s throne – forever
Isa. 9:7 (Christmas verse) “upon the throne of David” the Messiah will sit
Matt. 1:17 There were 28 generations from David to the Lord Jesus!
ILLUSTRATION: Years ago, we visited my elderly Cousin Laura in Troy, NY (near Albany). She talked long about my namesake, my Great Grandfather, Jeremiah Philip Barnes, whom she had heard of from her grandfather! Near the end of our visit, she sent me upstairs. She said, “look at the wall and bring down a picture – you’ll know which one it is!”. I went upstairs and she was right, I knew, and brought the old oval-framed picture downstairs. And she gave it to me, the gift of great-grandfather Jeremiah Phillip Barnes’ picture. My Dad’s genealogy goes back to the Revolutionary War, but I am only close to the last 3 generations.
POINT: Jesus’ heritage even before He was born was perfectly planned for Him to be in the kingly line of David.
He was King by FAMILY!
# 2 KING BY PRAYER (Luke 11:1-2)
In the “Lord’s Prayer” are these two lines that we often simply recite without thinking what we’re praying:
Luke 11:2 “Your kingdom come”
Matt. 6:13 “for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”
Is that what we REALLY pray? Or do we pray, “Lord give me this! Provide for this! Heal this!”
God wants us to look to Him for all needs. But He also wants us to think about eternity!
When you see the Babe in the manger, do you see King Jesus?
Point: we need to pray thinking about eternity!
Jesus is King by PRAYER!
# 3 KING BY REJECTION (Luke 23:38)
* Pilate had a sign put over Jesus’ cross. Do you remember what it said, “This is Jesus, the KING of the Jews”.
The gospel writer John wrote, “He came unto His own, and His own did not receive Him.” The Jews – His own family – rejected Him.
But then John writes, “but as many as received Him – to those who believed in His name – He gave the right to become children of God.”
And to avoid any confusion as to what he meant, the next verse says, “who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Salvation can’t be earned. It’s a GIFT!
ILLUSTRATION: Did you know tomorrow is Christmas? I’m like a little kid when it comes to Christmas presents! Just ask my wife! The more presents, the better! Even at this season of my life! Yet what would my wife think if she spent much time (and money, perhaps, HOPEFULLY!) picking out just the RIGHT present for me, wraps it, and expectantly and eagerly and joyfully sets it in front of me Christmas morn. And I look at it, and say, “Oh, I’m hungry – let’s wait until after supper.” And leave it unopened!
Yet that happens all the time with the gift of Jesus!
He is King by REJECTION
* Jesus’ dying for sinners at the cross, rejected by man, was God’s GIFT for us! His death, burial, and resurrection provides salvation for all who will RECEIVE HIM as Savior! He was rejected at the cross. Will He be rejected in your heart?
One more…KING BY WORSHIP! The Bible closes with this truth:
Rev. 19:16 “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Jesus is King by…
Family Prayer Rejection Worship
Tonight, we are invited, as with Mary, to be in awe of God’s wonderful plan. Not only for eternity in the giving of His Son, but also for today. Why not give your heart to the Savior as King and Lord of your life tonight!
CLOSE IN PRAYER