SUBJ: The birth of Christ with a
view to His purpose in coming into the world.
AIM: That we might look unto Him
and consider the necessity of His taking on the form of sinful flesh and
be reminded of what was required for our salvation.
INTR: We cannot stress enough the
place of the incarnation of the Son of God and God the Son and its
necessity to the obtaining of the salvation of a people for His Name –
to save them from their sins.
1. We read with great interest and
affection all the accounts and references to the birth of Jesus such as
that found in Luke and the prophecies of Isaiah: 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 AND 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. 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
2. Attention is,
likewise, drawn to: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all
acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of
whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15 AND And without controversy great is the
mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the
Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the
world, received up into glory. 1 Timothy 3:16.
3. We see in the first
instance the declaration that He was coming and in the second that He
has come and to the establishment of the Gospel as declared in 2 Timothy
THESIS: We cannot help
but take note of the account of our Savior’s birth and rejoice at its
simple beauty, but we must look from there to the ultimate purpose of
God in salvation glory.
I. A Divine mandate (v. 21a)
name declares His aim in coming into the world and it is important that
we give diligence to attach the proper dignity to that Name – Jehovah
Savior! Who He is and what He would do!
2. This same Jesus (see Acts
3. At the name of Jesus we bow and consider the divine
appointment of the Name in the Gospel context: 9 Wherefore God also hath
highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every
tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the
Father. Philippians 2:9-11.
4. When we think of the Name and the
humanity attached to it, we are reminded: For there is one God, and one
mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 Timothy 2:5.
And see: But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by
the grace of God should taste death for every man. Hebrews 2:9.
II. A Divine Mission accomplished (v. 21b)
1. “He shall save…” is an
emphatic statement indicating that only He could accomplish the task and
1) It is declaration of identity (His people) in its application: As
thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal
life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:2.
2) It leaves no
doubt as to the success of His mission.
2. He would accomplish what
no other could and we think of:
1) From what they would be saved –sin
and its effect having left them dead in trespasses and sins and bound
for eternal punishment being contrary to the holiness of God
it would be accomplished: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful
witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings
of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his
own blood, Revelation 1:5.
3) And save to eternal life (living) with
III. A Divine manifestation (v. 23)
1. Consider again the
prophecy (Isaiah 7:14) from above and the story that is receiving
attention at this season.
2. How could the High and Holy One ever
come into contact with the likes of sinful men (this is a problem for
many in that they do not properly assess the hatefulness of sin to God)
3. But He was to be and is called Emmanuel (God with us) thus declaring
His deity and humanity.
4. And so, we understand the nature of
salvation – dwelling among us in the physical sense and dwelling within
us forever – Christ in you the hope of glory. I in them, and thou in me,
that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that
thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. John