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December 23, 2021 6:20 am
As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, we look at the humility of Christmas, and the gifts Jesus gives to his followers. Part 2.
Remember that everything you have, even as you choose. Humility is a gift, the gift of eternal life is all of us. It's a great father has been spilled upon us constantly give him thanks for everything in your life that happens to be a humble Christian is moments of hope with Dana to make Christmas is the season against which often overlooks our spiritual gifts given to each believer are we accepting those guests today. Dana takes us back to the book of Philippians in the second section of the sermon. He simply calls the incarnation came into this world emptied himself equal with God, he chose to empty himself and took on the form of a servant of someone willing to serve and not be served. Someone who chose humility and thought others you and me. Human beings were even more important than his own life and he put on the likeness of Mandy took on human flesh we call that the incarnation that God incarnated himself in human flesh in the baby born in the manger in Bethlehem, something we celebrate annually called Christmas DC this Christmas text coming alive God the father asked the son to empty himself of much of his sovereign rights and control to come into this world as a baby and and though he was perfectly God still and that baby he was also perfectly man. He was in the likeness of man and though he still had his deity as a part of his life.
There was some parts of his deity that was limited, that only the father knew just like the second coming.
When he comes back again. Only the father knows that day or the hour but the son chose to empty himself. Now another question that the kids asked all the time. It will when Jesus whose God came to the earth and does that mean God is not in heaven, and that God is just on earth.
And when Jesus died on the cross to forgive us of our sins.
I does that mean the God died in was God not to control the world at that point, and here's what you need to understand my bet is some of you been asking what's this picture full of water doing here in this glass. Also next to it will. Here's what happened. This is perfectly God the father, son and Holy Spirit in one person together but then the father asked the son to go in the son did not think equality with God was something to be grasped, but said yes I'll go in humility and obedience to the father taking on the form of humanity in the likeness of human flesh, and he emptied himself God the father and the son poured himself into human flesh which is this glass now is God still in heaven. Of course the picture is still full God the father still lives in heaven, but he poured himself out, he emptied himself into human flesh in the likeness of man. So God the father is still in heaven, ruling over everything and God the son comes to this earth emptied in human flesh so that we can understand what God the father wants us to understand.
Looking if you wanted to communicate to a bird that was on the verge of death, and you had all power available to you and you wanted that bird to live a as long as possible.
Would you do you become a bird. You would go communicate to that burden bird language. Here's what you need to do in order to live will similarly God the father, look to God the son is, who would you go and share who I am with those people so God became a bird. God became a human being and spoke to us in words and languages and styles and forms that we can understand order to have a view of the form of God, who God is in heaven.
So that's what Jesus came to do. He emptied himself output on human flesh boarding the stable in Bethlehem, the King of Kings and Lord of lords, leaving the splendor of heaven and entering a manure filled stable to be born. Hey, if I'd been in charge. I would've said no, Jesus has to be born in a palace is gotta be born in Rome is gotta be born to Caesar so people can see how powerful he is, but no, he chose just the opposite to be born in humility in a manger in the stable so that we could understand the true love of the father for us and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. This verse eight. So here's the last step in the humiliation of Jesus. He not only leaves the splendor of heaven and is born in the squalor of a stable, but he grows up perfectly and righteously in every possible way. He always obeys the will of the father. Unlike us who rebel against God. Unlike Adam and as he passed on us. Do we rebel against God. Jesus perfectly obeyed the will of the father in every possible way, was obedient in every possible way, even to the point of being obedient to death on the cross. Remember the garden of Gethsemane when Jesus cried out to the father. Is there any other way because I know when all the sins of the world. Come upon me, and your wrath is poured upon me rather than these people, you can have anything to do with me. I become sin.
At that point. Is there any other way and the father whispered him in the garden most certainly know there's no other way. And that's when Jesus said, I want your will not obedient in every possible way, even to the point of dying on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins. Folks we were lost in the garden called Eden.
We were saved in the garden called Gethsemane when Jesus said I'm going to the cross. No matter what, not my will but yours father at that point it was set in stone that we have the forgiveness of our sins taken care of. So the next day. Jesus dies on the cross being the perfect Lamb of God. The sacrifice for our sins, the wrath of God poured out on him and at that point the father did have to turn his back on Jesus and the sunset by God, my God, why have you forsaken me got only forsaken him for moment because Jesus was laid into that tomb. But there's another part of the story is about, but what you see in verses six through eight is the absolute humiliation of the son of God, the absolute humiliation of the second person of the Godhead, the absolute humiliation of Jesus, the Savior of the world and every possibly leaving his Godhead and heaven there to come to this earth to die among us as a broken man with all of the wrath of God poured out on him and the humiliation of Jesus.
Paul have this kind of mind as you think. Think about Jesus choosing humility and thinking of us. More important than his own needs, giving his life so that we could live think about that example. Let that be the way you think and when you do the humility that I desire to be in you, the Philippian church in the moments of hope church will come thinking that. But Paul also says, think on the exaltation of Jesus not just think on his humiliation. But think about his exaltation. He continues in verse nine.
Therefore, whenever you see and therefore in the Bible you need to know what it's therefore it is connecting the humiliation of Jesus with what's about to come. Therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so first question how has God highly exalted Jesus will after he's laid in that stone cold tomb. The stone is rolled away not to let him out but the lettuce in so that we can see the tomb is empty and through the resurrection those appearances to his disciples, then the eyewitnesses who saw the resurrection, the most powerful proof of the deity of Jesus's resurrection.
It is impossible to review and he was raised from the dead and exaltation from the father, who said that a boy's job. You obeyed me every possible way. You can't keep a good God down. You can't line the tomb forever if your God. You got to be raising the dead. Jesus paid the perfect sacrifice for our sins and it was approved by the father. That's my boy way to go exalted but then after his days here on earth and his resurrection appearances he is ascended to heaven, he returns to the father and there he is enthroned at the right hand of God the father ruling over everything in eternity again and then finally the promise of the second coming is going to happen and Jesus will come back and he will judge every single one of us.
He came in his first coming is first admitted as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, he came to give us grace and the forgiveness of our sins through the cross on Calvary not about words we can never earn enough to work to come to God's holiness and have him approve of us. He came to us as the land who died on the cross. But in his second coming will come back as the lion of Judah, the lion will judge all the world and he will look at everyone sins and judge them accordingly.
You either appear before him one day as forgiven or not it's the key question of the universe.
Have you as your sins been forgiven. Have your sins been forgiven had they been forgiven. It is the key question of the universe as either through Jesus or not.
Through Jesus that your sins are forgiven and you got to make that choice yourself.
So there we see this beautiful picture of the exaltation of Jesus through his humiliation, but also Paul says that not only was his exaltation given him but his name is now bestowed as the greatest name on the face of the earth. The name that is above every other name, what name is that when it's Yahweh. The name that the Jews couldn't even utter because God was so holy but also the name of Jesus. The name of Savior is exalted up over any of our names. Think about your name right now Jesus name is greater, there is no other name that's greater than the name of Jesus on the face of this earth. Now look at verse 10 so that at the name of Jesus at the name of Yahweh, the Lord Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, that the cause of Jesus humiliation because he chose the path of the cross because he chose to leave all of the glory of heaven and enter this stupor filled world because he chose to do that. He is lifted up his name is above every other name in heaven and on earth. He is King of Kings and Lord of lords, judge of the universe in every possible way bestowed upon him by the father who gave him this exaltation because of his obedience in humiliation and verse 11 every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father. Every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord, every knee will bow will will does that mean that anybody's going to save one big no, there can be people who reject Jesus, but he still King of the universe and they'll be forced to confess his name is Lord will be confess to bow their knee to the Lord because he is in that position of power and authority and those who deny am now those who make fun of them now. One day they will have to exalt him and lift him up and confess that his name is above every other name. They may not want to, they'll have to because Jesus is Lord and that is what this passage says and Jesus and all of this that happens, his humiliation and his glorification are for the glory of the father. So even in his exaltation when he was raised from the dead, ascended to heaven enthroned in heaven when he has been given the promise to judgeship in his second coming in all that Jesus still says to God be the glory he still points to his father and says to my father belongs all the glory. Even in his exaltation, there still humility .2 God alone receiving all the glory is such a beautiful picture of how life on this earth should be live if we want to have love and grace and all kinds of different virtues in our lives, especially humility. We got to choose humility and think of other people as more important than ourselves.
That kind of thought life should be ours that that's the thought life that God wants us to have in Jesus and as we think about his example that should motivate us to use our lives the same way he did in humility serving others, thinking they are more important than ourselves.
So we just give you two final thoughts here. How do we apply this passage, practically to our lives will first of all make sure that you constantly choose humility when you are in different situations in your life all day long.
Choose humility, look for example at James chapter 4 verse six but he gives more grace therefore is said that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Verse 10 humble yourselves before the Lord and he will look what he will exalt you and I've heard people say before that humility is a choice and if you don't choose to be humble, God will choose humility for you and you know what I'd rather choose humility than God to humble me in his way. As we choose humility, we think other people are more important than we are and we live for other people.
The Scripture says that God will lift us up. The gun will take us to new places of heights and serving him, but we first must choose whom humility and that's what Jesus did hear Paul to think about the fact that Jesus chose to leave the splendor of heaven and enter this world. It shows that equality with the father was not something to be grasped, he emptied himself in the form of a servant, even to the point of obedience to death on a cross choose that and when you do God's will lift you up in a similar way, like a resurrection and ascension in the second coming will lift you up to new places where you can be used by me influencing other people for my glory. And secondly, always remember to give God the glory. Remember that everything you have, even as you choose. Humility is a gift from him the death on the cross was a gift to all of us the gift of eternal life is a gift to all of us. It's a grace gift that the Father has bestowed upon us constantly give him thanks for everything in your life that happens, especially the good stuff. Even the bad stuff as well though, but always give God the glory is sometimes people will give me a compliment about something or another and always remember the story of Corrie 10 boom, who was a Nazi concentration camp survivor, a Christian who after her release went and spoke all over the world and wrote many books and Jesus used her magnificently.
Someone asked her one time when you get complemented what you do. She's a lifer to like it's a rose. I smell it and I give it to God because she knows everything she's been able to do comes because of the great glory of God.
So enjoy a compliment, but always give it back to the father. This would happen with Jesus. Even though he was exalted to this great place over all eternity. He continued to give glory to God the father and thirdly and finally, always remember that Jesus Christ is Lord, as we who love Jesus live in this increasingly secularized culture that has all kinds of godless and on biblical ideas.
We are to have the mind of Christ, and we need to realize that he is Lord over our lives.
In the early church in the catacombs as Christians had to hide amidst their persecution.
There are places in the catacombs where we see the phrase Chris Doss-esque curiosities is the Latin for Christ is Lord. They knew that he alone was Lord, not other people, not power, not position, not ambition. What is really exalted by Jesus is his Lordship and when you know he is Lord over everything your money, your marriage, your relationships everything your life starts to make sense like never before. Jesus is Lord you're not Lord Jesus is Lord, make the choice today to humble yourself as he did, and to live for him and him alone always pointing to the father saying thank you for what you've given me.
And when you do so, folks, not only will you be exalted. Not only will you hear the father's well done my good and faithful servant.
You will be used in more powerful ways than you could ever imagine what a great Christmas message reminding us the true reason for the season for Christ alone belongs all the glory is names and moments of atomic. Thanks for listening. Coming out. David joins me in the studio. In a conversation about the power of Christmas really right now I am Tony Marciano residence in Europe. Charlotte rescue mission ask you a question will you do when you stand at the intersection of homelessness and addiction in the person's shoes for just the second what is it that you really need. You probably been one of the individuals who stood at the end of the interstate ramp holding a sign just said hungry will work for food, whichever use the money for food but booze and drugs with it most likely you hate your life you addiction has stolen every aspect of hope going to be part of the fabric of society, but every morning, your addiction screams and you surrender to it.
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Jen will in this morning's moment of hope, he wrote a fascinating devotion about the power of Christmas tell us and I you know words that we associate with Christmas or words like love, boy, and hope we we've Artie looked at those words over the last several days but one word that is seldom associated with Christmas, but should be is the word power because it is the power of the Holy Spirit that allowed so much of Christmas to happens.
I mean think about it. Mary had a virgin's womb. She had had no intimacy with a man and so Gabriel, the angel comes to her and says the Holy Spirit's going to hover over you almost like the Spirit did in creation when the spirit hovered over creation and out of nothingness.
He created this world.
In that same respect out of nothingness in her womb.
God creates this child name Jesus in her womb. How did that happen and Gabriel said very clearly. It would be by the Holy Spirit and all of his power. You know the Holy Spirit is the silent sovereign. He's the third person of the Godhead. No question about that. But interestingly, Jesus said in John 16 that all the Holy Spirit wants to do is to glorify Jesus just wants to point to Jesus. He's the shy sovereign. Someone else said love to stay in the corner of the room and not draw any attention to himself, but behind-the-scenes. He's the one who created this world. He's the one who created Jesus in Mary's womb, and I just think we need to reclaim that whole idea of power being a part of the Christmas narrative then taking that to our lives. Then, in our formless void. The hard in our formless voided hearts in our nothingness in our death inside the Holy Spirit came and gave us the new birth.
He created Christ in us the hope of glory.
He placed the Holy Spirit in our hearts because of love. Why, because God wanted his power and his strength to live in us and I can't help but remember here. Romans 811. The power that raised Jesus from the dead, now lives in you. Now power, a part of creation, a part of the birth narrative, a part of our new life in Christ.
I think that word needs to be emphasized, especially during Christmas when all of this is causing me to just have such great wonderment and just continue to think about that Holy Spirit's work, continual work in our lives and what is he creating Ananias and this is just amazing is a good word Jen because the same one who created the life of Jesus in us, and the same one who created the life of Jesus and Mary and the same one who created light from nothing in creation Genesis 11 is the same one who wants to continue to create a new work in our lives. So, if people listening right now feel hopeless and despairing might they ask the Holy Spirit to do a new thing a new song a new work in 2022 and May that give every listener today hope because of the power of the Holy Spirit, seen especially during the Christmas season will I certainly have hope and thank you so much for these thoughts. You know you're welcome Jen.
And remember, dear friends, that power is something God wants to instill within all of us and it's what Paul had chained in a Roman prison cell with the Holy Spirit being his only strength, allowing him to say in Philippians 413 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Who gives me his power. Merry Christmas to you all be filled with the power and love of the Lord and moments of conflict, David Chadwick, senior pastor of moments of hope church. We'd love to have you join us for worship Sunday morning. We meet at Providence day school located at 5800 Sardis Rd. in South silent at 10 AM.
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