Today Pastor David Powell preached from the birth through the early childhood of Jesus and closed out chapter 2 of Matthew. I have applied our learning model to this sermon and invite you to do similar as you seek to respond in faith to the Word of God.
See it clearly
The overarching theme of the message was “God delivers on all his promises” . Pastor David presented two main points that he saw in the text. These were both related to God’s sovereign rule over his creation and his eternal decree that he would redeem a people for himself.
- The birth of Jesus reveals God’s provision for redeeming sinners
- The early life of Jesus reveals God’s protection in accomplishing his will
Get it truly
The virgin birth shows us God’s provision to redeem sinners due to the promised offspring that would bruise the head of Satan. Taking God at his Word (the obedience of faith) has been the basis of righteousness since the beginning (Gen 3:1; Rom 4:3, 21-22) and when he announced in the garden that Eve’s offspring would bruise the head of the serpent (Gen 3:15), a promise was made. Trusting in this promised offspring is a theme that weaves through the Bible from Genesis chapter three forward. The problem was sin and God immediately launched a plan of redemption that was based on substitution (Gen 2:17; 3:21) and was born from his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ before all time (2 Tim 1:8-10). Old Testament saints like Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-35, 36-38) were indeed waiting for this promised offspring to be the redemption of Israel, as were the wise men in Matthew 2:1-2. In Matt 1:21 the angel of the Lord tells Joseph that Jesus indeed will save his people from their sins.
The way that God orchestrated the circumstances to bring Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem (Micah 5:2; Luke 2:1-5) and then to Egypt (Hos 11:1; Matt 2:16, 13-14) and back to Nazareth demonstrate his sovereign rule over creation and it is apparent that Caesar Augustus’ decree merely served to fulfill God’s decree from before the ages began. Almighty God had sent Jesus as Immanuel and he would fulfill his purpose (Is 46:10).
Pastor David’s spiritual principle to take away was this: “God’s providence that ensured the promises about the coming of Jesus Christ assures us that God’s promises to all people are true and trustworthy.” I know that salvation has indeed come from the Jews (John 4:22) and is available to me by faith as I can become an adopted child of God, an offspring of Abraham, by trusting Jesus (John 1:12; Gal 3:6-9; Rom 9:8; 4:11; 8:14-17)! There is no other name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12)!
Value it appropriately
This message is valuable to me because I can see the gospel is about God accomplishing the salvation of his people and not about me earning God’s favor or being lovely enough to merit his love. Pastor David expressed a call to step forward in faith and trust in the promised offspring and this offer is made to all who will hear. I value the fact that the one who hears and receives the truth with faith has the guarantee of reconciliation and forgiveness of their sins and they are a new creation in Christ (Rom 10:9-11; Rom 5:9-11; Col 1:14; 1 John 1:9; 2 Cor 5:17). There is no way to be disqualified if I will turn to Jesus.
The message is also valuable to me because as a believer I know the I am being guarded and held by God in Christ (Rom 8:38-39), sealed for the day of redemption (Eph 4:30), and he has promised to keep me by faith (1 Pet 1:3-5). I also have the opportunity to participate in this miracle by exhorting other believers in their faith as a vessel of God’s grace in keeping us in faith until the end (Heb 3:12-14). Like Pastor David pointed out, the Lord will surely complete the work he has begun in us (Phil 1:6)!
Feel it fully
These truths can impact my life if I will prayerfully reflect upon my thoughts and attitudes and beliefs about the promises of God and his provision for my salvation and the sustaining of my faith. Perhaps we should ask ourselves these questions:
- Am I trusting in the promised offspring (Jesus) or in something or someone else?
- Do I believe that God can fulfill his promise to keep me regardless of the enemy’s and the world’s attacks and even my own failures?
- Do I trust that our God’s purposes are unstoppable?
- Consider his promises to do good to his people with all of the omnipotence that he has to the depth of his soul (Rom 8:28-29; Jer 32:40-41; Eph 1:19-20).
- Can God be at work even in the tragedy I am facing in my life?
Do it joyfully
Commit to take action if you have never trusted Jesus to save you from your sin and reconcile you to God. If you are a believer, be encouraged and walk in faith with a great hope before you since you know God is unstoppable. Consider what you took away from this sermon and pray about taking God at his Word today.
Share it compassionately
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Soli Deo Gloria!