incarnation of Christ and its importance as witnessed in the early
Church and that especially seen in the manner in which they allude to
Jesus and His holiness.
AIM: That we
might become even more conscious of the holiness of God and Christ as
the Holy God-Man of our salvation and thus be led to seek after holiness
INTR: We are
often challenged at this time of the year to maintain our focus on the
exalted place of Christ in that celebrations seem to take on a life of
their own and become an end in themselves.
1. We are indeed thankful
for such passages as those found in Isaiah concerning the nature of the
birth of Christ in that they set forth the life and reign of Christ as
well and for that which is echoed in this passage from the Second Psalm.
2. It is essential that we preach the message as an integral part of the
Gospel in that if Christ had not lived and suffered as a man He could
not have been a substitute for men!
3. His birth and the reason of
His life and ministry were evidently of deep importance to those in the
early Church as we note by the reference here to Him and not to
THESIS: It is
imperative that we recognize Him as “Thy Holy Child Jesus” in that God
and His will are declared unto us in Him and ever reminds us that we are
to: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall
see the Lord: Hebrews 12:14.
I. The Vision of the Prophets (vv.
1. From Isaiah:
1) See: Therefore the Lord himself shall
give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and
shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
2) AND 6 For unto us a
child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon
his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the
increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the
throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it
with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal
of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7.
3) Noting that
these aspects of the significance of His birth are often omitted.
Here the reference is to the declaration of His sovereignty from the
3. It is against the Lord and His Christ – Note especially
the fact that collaboration among the rulers was prophesied.
The message of Angels
1. The appearance to Mary and the announcement
of what was to occur and especially that it would be the Holy Spirit
that would come upon her.
2. The confirmation to Joseph as to what
3. The appearance to the shepherds and the very nature
of the announcement – 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore
afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke
2:9-10. We should see this as continuing!!
4. The confirmation of
Simeon: 29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according
to thy word: 30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 31 Which thou
hast prepared before the face of all people; 32 A light to lighten the
Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. Luke 2:29-32
The Anchor of the Church (vv. 27-30)
1. In the face of the
persecution which was worsening, their focus was still upon “thy Holy
1) Many translations here use the term “servant” instead
of “child” in that the word admits to both ideas and may signify the
idea of servant-son.
2) In any event the fact that they used the
given name “Jesus” (noting that it is at the given name Jesus every knee
shall bow and c.).
3) There is clear reference to His humanity and
the opposition He faced as a man.
2. The collaborating rulers in this
case were Herod and Pontius Pilate with the Gentiles and the Jews that
were gathered together
3. And, in the end result it was to do
according to the counsel determined before to be done.
1) See: 23
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of
God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: 24
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it
was not possible that he should be holden of it. Acts 2:23-24.
now they were still endeavoring to silence the Gospel and the name of
Jesus and the nature of opposition was the same:
4. Thus, their
prayer was to invoke he Name of thy Holy Child Jesus:
1) Holy in
2) Holy in conception
3) Holy in birth
4) Holy in life
5) Holy in sacrifice
6) Holy in resurrection
7) Holy in Ascension
5. Our identity is with Him!!