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Christmas-The Right Reason - Part B

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December 24, 2021 2:00 am

Christmas-The Right Reason - Part B

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December 24, 2021 2:00 am

Jesus' coming to earth restores our lost heritage of closeness and intimacy with God. That truth has largely been forgotten during Christmastime. In the message "Christmas—The Right Reason," Skip gets to the heart of the reason we celebrate Christmas.

This teaching is from the series A Red Christmas.




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The blood of Jesus Christ. God son cleanses a man from all sin.

Talking about red Christmas were not talking about you getting in the red because of Christmas. We don't mean red eyes because of somebody who's party too much around or even the red suit man wears a balsamic red blood this time cleanses us from sin. God's desire to bring you closer to him in Jesus's decision to give his life for today on connect with Skip Skip shares of Jesus life and death become a child and heir of God.

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Start planning and seeking out to tour Israel with Skip Heitzig information, inspiration, that's inspiration ABQ now were in Galatians chapter 4 is Skip Heitzig to get into today's message as a guy by the name of King David.

God says your descendent will sit upon the throne of David and rule for Her and ever. So that's the lineage that's the history that's the promise still waiting for the till we get to chapter 1 map. Now we open the New Testament and this is how it begins with the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham begot Isaac. Isaac got Jacob Jacob. He got Judah is following the same track of the promise number 16, Matthew one, Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ, so the promises made in Genesis 315 Jesus Christ gets born as a fulfillment of that promise sent to engage in conflict with Satan.

The final result will be his.

Satan's final overthrow in the End of Days but between then and then is now, and Paul would say all of that is good. We can see the results of that right here right now were son ship that was lost is restored now become the Galatians become the Galatians, I want to look at Galatians chapter 3 backing into our text is on the tae bo wanted all Galatians 3 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith brother and I speak in the manner of men, though it's only a man's covenant, yet if it's confirmed. No one knows or asked to now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He does not say into seeds as of many, but as of one, and to your seed, who is Christ. In other words, the coming see. He says his Jesus Christ, the fulfillment of the promise.

That's not without price for Satan would bruise his heel.

That means a temporary wound would be sustained by Jesus Christ. No doubt, speaking of his death on the cross, Jesus died on the cross, but he rose from the dead, and his resurrection from the dead would strike the fatal blow to the head, the authority, the dominion of Satan. Now go down a few verses chapter 3 Galatians look at verse 26 because it sums it up for you this for you are all sons of God through faith in Jesus Christ. There is there is paradise regained. We are sons of God.

Again, what was lost in Adam is regained in Christ who died the sinner's death and rose to conquer death. When God originally created man, he created us to be sons. We became slaves.

He said the promised seed so that we could gain son ship again as the point of the passage. Okay now we go back to Galatians chapter 4 what we started last week and the week before and I know we read it all in context. We didn't tie it all together now retired altogether. Galatians for now I say that the air as long as he is a child does not differ at all from a slave, though he is the master of all but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father.

It's a very simple illustration they would familiar, you might have a child in a family and that child is the heir of everything that is in the family, the heir of the estate. He might have few million dollars in the bank but as a child. One day he's going to get it all. But right now while he's a child he's no different from a slave in that he's under authority. He's controlled by others. He's commanded he's reprimanded. He's instructed to obey.

He's made to conform like a slave until that date set by his dad where his dad would confer upon him adulthood and he would go from that child status as a slave to an adult son that the Romans and their culture. The father could set the date arbitrarily whenever he felt like it between a certain age in a certain age you could say that's the day I set Jewish dads were more restricted.

There was a specific day that they would follow when it was the 13th birthday of the boy. The first Sabbath after the boys 13th birthday was the boys bar mitzvah bar mitzvah means son of the commandment, son of the commandment is where he becomes an adult member of the community go.

My goodness, age 13, and we would consider him an adult knowing the problems we have in America is we don't have rites of passage for young people. That's a tragedy with us or let them figure it out on their own whatever you think you're ready. And whenever you feel like an adult. I guess you are. Then I was 13 and if you think it all. 13. That's crazy. It just goes to show you the kind of spiritual preparation. The parents offered so that the child would be ready at age the so he was bar mitzvah, and when he was bar mitzvah that day. He was no longer the son of his father. He was no longer the son of his mother. He was in effect a son of God because he was a son of the commandment under the authority of God's command of Paul's point is an exact set time by her father in a child's life where he goes from slave, the son so he continues illustration.

Verse three. Even so, we when we were children were in bondage under the elements of the world by when the fullness of the time had come when our father in heaven set the time, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those who work under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. He says we too are slaves that was never God's plan.

God's plan is that we are sons, not slaves, so he said the serpent crusher, the promised one in Genesis 3 and Jesus coming with restore lost son ship lost inheritance lost intimacy loss close would all be restored by the promised Noah bondage was long and hard member Genesis 3 puberty puberty puberty that represents thousands and thousands and thousands of years are bondage was long and hard as the Christmas Carol racing O holy night has those words that are so accurate long delay in the world in sin and error pining till he appeared and the soul felt its worth are bondage was long and hard.

Then he came in the fullness of the time just the right time. The Genesis 3 promise was fulfilled.

So that's the history of the reason is I said you will not understand the Bible to you understand the history of the reason, but now you know there's something else and that is not just the history but the centrality of the reason summed up in a single word.

Look at verse five to redeem that's that that's the core of the sentence to redeem the word redeem means to buy back into it's a beautiful picture of somebody going to a slave market. 2000 years ago and laying down money hard cold cash to buy a slave out of the market and give the slave it's freedom but notice another word to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive adoption as sons not picture something going to the slave market laying down the money setting the slave free, but taking the slave home and saying I'm adopting you as my own son and I'll give you everything one day that is mine. So the analogy is that God went to the slave market of sin saw us in our condition purchased us, brought us to himself and adopted us as his son as his daughter beautiful beautiful concept John chapter 1 declares as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become sons of God's anointed unity and one that shall the son of God became a man, to enable men who are slaves to become sons of God is all of what I'm saying in a single match what is that mean to me was that mean to us for this is all fine and good day what it means.

It means you never have to again be in the bondage of trying to earn your way there by your own good works by your own good deeds. You never have to try to get God to like you ever try to do that little improvement other than worldly. You're not worthy. Get over. He knew a long time ago. I know why you keep bringing it up, but you're not working.

You'll never earn it and here's the deal. You don't have to grit your teeth and try and get God to like you and work hard because you're a son there's a relationship you're not a slave you should live in that slavery anymore. Your is child. What kind of father what kind of father would give his son to be killed.

Only the kind of a father who loved the world enough to buy it back to redeem people only a God who knew that in his son's death, his heel would be bruised but he would rise again from the dead, striking the fatal blow to the enemy that this is the side of Christmas that is usually not told would like the lights, weaving like a manger as long as we put it in its proper place in the house looks good. I like that size. Jesus right there shepherds Wiseman's altogether. We like that we look at the little baby Jesus in week marvel at his soft little hands and cute little feet, forgetting that those little hands were destined to have a Roman spike driven through, that's why they were there and those cute little feet were trod the road of sorrows to the place of execution.

That's why not. Soft little babies head other something about a baby said I have my little granddaughter cadence and I to snuggle her close and smell that soft pretty little head all I'm in heaven, but that little head was destined to wear a crown not of the king yet but a crown of thorns.

That's what we called this red Christmas Bing Crosby San Marino dreaming of a white Christmas.

God says I am too but it takes read to get wiped the blood of Jesus Christ. God son cleanses a man from all sin similar talking about red Christmas were not talking about you getting in the red because of Christmas.

We don't mean red eyes because of somebody who's party too much around Christmas or even the red suit that the fat man wears that we call Santa Claus.

It's the red blood of his son cleanses us from sin makes white that's the history of the respects the centrality to redeem. Finally there is the reality of the reason that finishes off the verses that we've been considering the last few weeks. Verse six and seven because here's what we need to ask and Paul answers anticipating this, we would read all this and we will go okay that's good but now what I mean. It's one thing for God to say that I'm a son it's yet another thing for me to know that I miss God might say you're my child looking for that set of what does that do in my life. If anything, is there any reality any vitality any confirmation of that verse six tells us, and because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit as the Holy Spirit, his son into your hearts, crying out father therefore you are no longer slaves but a son, and if assigned in an heir of God through Christ Holy Spirit comes in writing by Christ and the Holy Spirit is also sent him and he produces in me. This instant knowledge I seen in every new believer. This knowledge is confirmation. I'm right with God and close to God. This overwhelming subjective feeling that proves the objective declaration.

God is declared or a son. Now I feel it because I cry out father Abba word that means daddy in Hebrew and Aramaic. Daddy pop up. You got Israel today you are the little kids you go. I've read that in the Bible yet is it just means daddy. It's a term of intimacy nearness closeness.

How do you know that there is child because you have this subjective feeling this awareness put there by the Holy Spirit that I am close to God.

He is my father.

And that's part of not the totality but part of the proof you are a son or a daughter of God to look at it this way. Verse five God sent his son that we might have status or declaration son ship verse six God sent the Holy Spirit that we might know the experience of sentient lies is important because the Jew under the law didn't have this the Jew only had external principles and no internal power.

Just a bunch of laws rules that couldn't change his heart. In fact simply made him more of a slave right.

That's what the law did it just pointed out, you know what your your is you read the list of the Commandments need our program. One program one program. One program, one it just reminds you the urine bondage.

The urine slavery didn't help with the Holy Spirit in our hearts gives that confirmation. We cry out Abba father scenario now today we get the entire picture and here's the picture.

In a nutshell. We started out a sons. There was intimacy with God in the original creation in the garden. The sons became slaves. Satan succeeded in bringing in darkness, but even in the midst of that spiritual darkness, a promise brought a ray of light one day he will come and he will crush the head of Satan and that he says Paul is the son of God, born of woman, born under the law as the angel said to Mary that holy thing that is in you shall be called the son of the highest he who was by nature a son became a servant so that we who are by nature servants of sin become sons and daughters. That's what Christmas is about Christmas could be boiled down to two words paradise regained paradise regained. What is lost in Genesis 3 is restored, regained, because of the redemption in Jesus Christ.

But wait there's more.

Verse seven. Therefore, you are no longer slaves but a son watch this and of the son than an heir of God.

God says I'm buying from a slave market I'm adopting you into my family are not a slave you're my son you're my daughter and and I'll give you an inheritance. I'll give it all to you is a peak of Peter writes we have an inheritance under file that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for us. I begin this sermon. Quoting from him. Charles Wesley's him. Hark the Herald Angels Sing. Listen to this part born to raise the sons of earth born to give them second birth.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing glory to the newborn King which you know what I was thumbing through that Christmas Carol, I discovered there's a last verse that I have never heard some before it's kind of complicated saying it is old English, but it perfectly captures everything we've been talking about for three weeks so here's the last verse of Hark the Herald Angels Sing Adams likeness Lord each face stamped by an image in its place. Second Adam from above reinstate us and I love S the bow lost regained the life. The inner man 02, all by self impart formed in each believing heart.

I read that knife that goodness.

Charles Wesley has studied Galatians chapter he got it all. So that's Christmas the right season fullness of time, right person, Jesus son of God, born of woman the right reason to redeem and to adopt now you know the rest of the story.

Story behind the manger.

Now you know the plan was a lady who had it in her heart to buy gifts for her circle of friends. She belonged to a little group like a Bible study group, and she had a circle of friends these other gals that she hung out with and she thought I had to buy them a present, a little gift for Christmas but you know how it is this time of the year.

How time just gets away from you and you run out of time so she ran out of time didn't have time to get the gift. So she thinks artist, Carl given the cards as goes into a store is over the already picked Christmas cards finds a box of 50 Christmas cards on sale.

She says I get that she never open the car to see what was written on the inside but you like the looks of it on the outside it was shiny and colorful and so she bought them and she openly scarred and quickly said warmest greetings signed her name sent the card was, until New Year's Day. She looked at that little stack of cards left over from that box that she decided to open the card and see what was written in such good thing she did because this is what was written this Christmas card is just to say a little gift is on the way boats got the car left out the gift right most people do not take the time to read and understand the message of Christmas. Your different you have. We have, for a lot of people.

They simply like the beautiful trappings the trees, the lies, the scene of the manger, not realizing that all the while God was sending the gift on the way greatest Christmas gift is anything you'd ever give to God anything he wants. As you greatest gift is what God gave us is God stepping out of heaven with the baby in his arms. The Savior says here here's my son, Mary Christmas, this one will grow up and die for you live the perfect life.

You could never live die the atoning death in your place so all you have to do is trust him in his work and all by you and you become my child minor conclusive message from his series of red Christmas fusion resource to God's voice more clearly by walking through his word, 20, 22 now for your spiritual menu starting in January.

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