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Christmas Through the Eyes of a King

Christmas Through the Eyes of a King

Dec 18, 2016

Passage:Luke 2:13-23

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: Christmas from the Outside Looking In


December 18, 2016 Pastor John Welborn Christmas from the Outside Looking In Christmas through the Eyes of a King Luke 2:13-23 “Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’ When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him...Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.’…And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.” Matthew 2:1-3, 7-8, 12 “A person is identified not only by his friends, but also by his enemies.” Warren Wiersbe I. When a King is Threatened, He becomes Hostile “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’” Matthew 2:13-15 “And her husband, Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, and angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:19-21 “It is be better to be Herod’s pig than to be his son.” Emperor Augustus II. When a King is Threatened the Vulnerable Suffer “Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah; ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.’”” Matthew 2:16-18 “I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.” David Livingstone “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 III. When a King is Threatened Citizens Await His Demise “But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.’ And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.” Matthew 2:19-23 Jesus is a Superior King to Herod for the Following Reasons: • When we threaten King Jesus with our rebellion, he responds with goodness and loving kindness, NOT hostility “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:4-7 • With King Jesus, the vulnerable are protected, loved and cherished…never harmed. “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” Mark 10:15 • With King Jesus, His death was not the end of his kingdom…it was the culmination of his earthly ministry. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…” 1 Peter 3:18a VIDEO: S.M. Lockridge “That’s My King” King Jesus will change your life as you know it, but remember… “Christ is either Lord of all, or is not Lord at all.” J. Hudson Taylor “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” Luke 6:46 Invitation: Set aside your kingdom for Christ’s kingdom this Christmas. Only then will you go from looking at Christmas from the outside in, to sharing Christmas from the Inside Out! Sources and Further Reading Opportunities: • The Wiersbe Bible Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (2007) • The Gospel According to the Wise Men – J.D. Greear (2014) • Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary – Zondervan (2011)