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Pastor Brant Seacrist

December 23, 2018

"THOU SHALT CALL HIS NAME JESUS"

TEXT: MATTHEW 1 21-23 Read 18-25
READING:  LUKE 2: 1-20

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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 1:9-10.

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)
1. His 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 2:32-36)
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.
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
2) How 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 Him.

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 17:23.