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December 22, 2020 1:00 am
Most people like the lights, the decorations and the gifts of Christmas. But why do believers celebrate Christmas? We may enjoy lights and gifts, but we celebrate because Jesus renounced the glories of heaven to fulfill the Father’s will. He became a man and died for a sinful human race.Click here to listen (Duration 25:02)
Rain forests looking to achieve founder and perfecter of our most people like lights and decorations. So why do believers bring Christmas because Jesus renounced the glories of heaven to fulfill the father's will became a man and died for sinful human race from Moody Church in Chicago this morning with Dr. Sir, whose clear teaching helps us make it across the finish line after elixir today, you conclude your series on the baby who changed the world and your teaching us that he was not of this world yesterday.
Jesus Christ came from heaven in a way that none of us did and he ascended into heaven at the Mount of olives is indeed a wonderful Savior. During this Christmas season.
It is so important that we remember what Christmas is really all about. It is all about Jesus.
May we remember that this is one of the last days, we are offering the book a closer look at the evidence, it is a hardback book. It is a reading for every day of the coming year. This book is based on science on archaeology will instruct you and it will have colored photographs very interesting for a gift of any amount. It can be yours. Here's what you do go to RTW offer.com or if you prefer, call us at 1-888-218-9337 and yes, from my heart to yours. We do wish you a very blessed Christmas. But now let us listen carefully as we talk about the ascended Christ.
I have the distinct feeling in my heart that I've not painted the picture of his dissent well enough and really Painted dwelling. So let's just think about it what were talking about is the dissent from heaven to earth from master to servant from glory to shame from life to death. Jesus came that far, no man has ever stoop that low. No one is able to understand the depths to which he came, considering the glories from which he began. That's the story of Jesus and the story of his remarkable obedience to do the will of God. So now you have Jesus dying on the cross and now I pick it up in verse nine, the apostle Paul's says therefore God has highly exalted him, and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of the glory of God the father. Notice God has highly exalted him, just spend a moment imagining what it was like for Jesus Christ to ascend into heaven, from the Mount of olives and we can imagine the welcome he received.
I mean, in heaven, everybody knows who he is obviously on earth he had to show his ID on earth. He had to be pushed around, shopped and yelled at and here he is King of Kings and perhaps we get a glimpse of this in one of the Psalms where it says lift up your heads oh gates and be lifted up, oh ancient doors and the King of glory so that he may come in who is the King of glory the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle, lift up your heads oh gates. You can imagine the welcome that Jesus received having please the father having done the father's will when he ascended into heaven, and now what I'd like to do is to talk about his glorious future. You'll notice the text says that God has bestowed on him a name that is above every name you say will happen.
He always had the name Lord. Yes, but in his humanity.
Now he receives that name Lord because he has accomplished all that God has wanted him to do the work is completely finished and the father says I want to honor you and give you a name which is above every name, that the name of Jesus every knee balance every tongue confess that he is Lord God. In fact, there are three categories that are listed here in verse 10, let's look at them so that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven who would that be that would be the saints in heaven wouldn't. And of course, along with the Angels of heaven who are always worshiping him not sure that angels have knees to bow, but the Bible does talk about the fact that they covered their feet in the presence of God and his holiness and they are totally obedient to whatever God asks them to do so. There are the Angels and redeemed humanity confessing that Jesus is Lord, gladly confessing that Jesus is Lord but not only those in heaven, but also those on earth, when the resurrection of Jesus Christ has taken place.
He was the firstfruits of the future resurrection when all the resurrected dead shall finally stand before God. Whether they are on heaven, whether or not they are in earth, wherever they are, they shall bow before Jesus and confess that he is Lord, to the glory of God the father either redeemed our unredeemed every knee shall bow every tongue shall confess that he is Lord, to the glory of God the father and then those under the earth.
This would be those who die without the shelter of Jesus Christ forgiveness and his grace, and those were under the earth may also include of course the demons were going to be very reluctant lady confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, they will hate to do it. They hate him, but they will confess that he is the Lord to the glory of God the father and he will be pronounced King of Kings and Lord of lords throughout the whole universe. Every created being giving him the worship and the praise that he deserves what I'd like us to do is to is to think very briefly now about the implications of this passage.
First of all, the humility of it all. May we can get our minds around it. We are born not to want to serve, but to be served at least that's been my experience not only that, but we find that in the world today.
The greatness is dependent on how many people you rule over and Jesus made it clear that in the kingdom. It is the opposite is the number of people that you serve me just imagine for a moment. Jesus Christ humiliation in his service, he who went from one part of the universe to another, whose feet and goings forth have been from of old and from everlasting. Now he has to learn to walk. He that has to learn to walk. He who created all things and in his hands. All things exist and hand would now be held by a young mother.
Imagine that he whose eyes pierced the whole universe and could see everything that is happening.
They would have to now adjust to the dim light of the stable and here he is serving willingly. Gladly, for the joy that was set before him, and he didn't have to do it but he did it for you and for me that we might be redeemed and and the question is are we willing to serve others. We willing to take the example. You'll notice the apostle Paul says let this mind be in you. Verse three do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility, and then the example that he gives his Jesus, that each of you look not only on your own interests, but also the interests of others.
I wonder if it's Christmas time.
It's so easy for us to look at our own interests ourselves rather than reaching out to those who are needy rather than expending ourselves with some wonderful examples here at the Moody Church of those have adopted children being willing to give themselves and to become servants for those who do not have opportunity for those who are rejected and sometimes in some cases that other people don't want that is Jesus Christ and his humility and that is our example you know that time you and I are given to ourselves.
Von Hoffer asked the question, who is Jesus Christ for you. Member for him.
It was the persecuted Jew that he was willing to give himself to and become a servant to them and being willing to defend and to do all that he possibly can to put an end to the atrocities of World War II, who is Jesus Christ for us, who do we serve. In Brazil there was a festival some time ago and one of the sign said you know you can buy trinkets at these festivals it says cheap crosses for sale and oftentimes that's exactly what we have as believers are crosses are cheap because it doesn't require anything what salvation certainly is free but the good news is that God enables us as a result of that gift to give to others to be known for her generosity for our involvement, our commitment here at the Moody church. We have many opportunities for people to serve some people can serve inside the church and you notice how often we appeal to you that you might do that. Some people can serve through the church as representatives of the church in our community, and some people serve outside the church, but every believer should be a servant.
Lauren Sandy was asked the question, how do you know when you are a servant, he said I the way in which you react when you are treated like one. How do you react, how do I react when were treated like servants.
There's that lesson that grows out of the text but also this is a great message of hope. We live in a time when there is distress around the world. Isn't there. We live in a time when it seems as if things are out of control we have for example problems in the Middle East. We have problems in North Korea. We have problems with Isis we have problems in the capitals of the world. We have our own struggle in her own problems in Washington and if you are at all concerned about this country. You should be concerned about what is happening there and we look around and we can be discouraged.
Well, this passage of Scripture certainly reminds us that things are not what they appear to be. It may appear as if things are out of control. It may appear as if everything is going to veer off course and never come back again, but here we have the assurance that Jesus in the and will rule and all authority and all power will be subjected to him and every one will acknowledge that he is Lord, to the glory of God the father I left. Illustrated this way when I say that things aren't what they appear to be considered the great tribulation in the great tribulation Antichrist rules and in the 13th chapter of the book of Revelation. It says this that all who dwell upon the face of the earth shall worship him, except those whose names were written in the Lamb's book of life from before the foundation of the world. If you want to know what Antichrist is going to be like think Isis because what we notice in the book of Revelation is that Antichrist be heads people.
It's his favorite method of killing people so you can imagine. Now this tremendous force throughout the whole world, forcing allegiance forcing worship and you can think about the implications and how frightening that will be well. It appears as if Antichrist is ruling the world all dwell upon the face of the earth worship him. Except, of course, a limited number. Those that belong to God. Isn't that interesting chapter 13 of the book of Revelation says that what does it say later on three chapters later it says and I beheld, as it were, a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image and over the number of his name and they stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God, and they sing the song of Moses the servant of the Lord in the song of the Lamb, saying, great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty just and true are thy ways, thou King of Saints did you get it or did I quoted too quickly. I saw as it were, a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image. The beast kill them.
God raised them to glory, and God will raise them to victory in a couple of chapters after that the beast is thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone that burns forever and ever. I want to encourage you in the end, Jesus wins and he wins. They if we could just use our imagination what you have visualized Jesus on a throne in here. You have all the rulers of the world and every one of them is bowing to his sovereignty. There is Stalin there is Hitler there is mousy tone there. All of the other lesser leaders we have, of course, all the presidents that have ever ruled in the United States and the Prime Minister's of Canada. Whoever they are good, bad and different, and they are all bowing before Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of lords.
And then of course we also noticed that all of the leaders of the world religions are there. There is Christian and that he's bowing to Jesus as Lord and Savior. There's Buddha bowing add to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
There's Mohammed. There's Baha'u'llah they are all bowing to Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of lords.
God of all God's going to end okay. Better than okay. Let us be encourage you know what's interesting in the Bible it says this speaking of the Lordship of Jesus, if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in nine heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved if you in this life confess Jesus as Lord.
You will gladly confess him as Lord in the life to come. Obviously, as all of us do, who know him as Savior and Lord. But the question I want to ask you is had you confess to him as Lord because after death. When you are raised. There is no opportunity to change your allegiance.
You will admit that he is Lord, to your own detriment, but admitted, you will have to but you will not thereby be redeemed today to confess that Jesus is Lord, is a means of salvation in the future after the resurrection standing in the presence of God to confess him as Lord, unless you knew him over here as Lord in this life. It will be your condemnation. You'll have to admit that he is Lord God. So the question I want to ask you is this. Have you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord. Now this isn't just a superficial confession. Jesus made it very clear that not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven because there are those who say it superficially. Oh yes, Jesus, you are Lord, but they have no sense of their own need. But if you're here today and you sense the fact that you need a Savior because of the guilt in your life and the emptiness in your life and you have never trusted him. If God is working in your heart like that today. I urge you to trust Jesus right now. Confess him to be Lord and you shall be saved because he's the only one who is able to redeem you. Yes, that baby that baby is what Christmas is all about, but what a baby. What is Savior. What a king Florida God, would you bow with me in prayer father today. We do confess Jesus is Lord. We gladly confess him as Lord.
We bow before him. We give them allegiance we put no daylight between our own agendas and his agenda for us. I pray today Lord, that everyone who knows Jesus might be totally yielded.
May there be no argument regarding his sovereignty and then Lord I pray for those who've never trusted him as Savior. Those who thought he was simply a good teacher and forgot that he was indeed a Redeemer and the only one who is able to take us scoop us out of our sin bring us into God's presence. Declare us as righteous as God himself is thank you today that there is no one else like him, but the invitation is open to everybody. So we pray work in people's hearts even now we pray. May there be those who are crying to you and saying Jesus.
I receive you as my Savior.
I confess you to be Lord for the glory of God the father we ask in his blessed name. Amen. Well, my friend, this is Pastor Vince or I believe that throughout all of eternity. We will can can you to enter into the wonders of Jesus Christ and during this Christmas season. I sincerely hope that you and I worship him with all of our hearts with deep appreciation and joy I have in my hands a book entitled a closer look at the evidence, that is a hardback book. It has a reading for every single day of the new year one page reading of something that has to do with archaeology, science, astronomy, and the like. For a gift of any amount.
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Let me tell you, in advance, thank you so much for your prayers and for your support because together we are making a difference in time now for another chance for you to ask Pastor Luther a question about the Bible or the Christian life. Some questions we receive.
Plumbed the deep places of the theological ocean. Others come at a more basic level that's the case for Jackie who listens to running to win in Springfield Ohio. She has this query for you. Pastor Luther who wrote the Bible and where did they get all the information whole Jackie have to smile when I think of this question because in order to really answer it. Of course it would take a couple of hours, but let me just give some thoughts here in perspective, your question almost seems to imply that it was one person who wrote the Bible. Actually, the Bible was written by 40 different authors and the remarkable thing is that all the books of the Bible agree it was written by some were kings, some were fishermen. Others had secular jobs and yet they were able to write in such a way. Now just imagine for a moment that you had a building and it was to be built and people brought material from different countries at different periods of time and yet the whole thing fit together. Wouldn't that be rather miraculous. That's a good way to look at the Bible because it has different authors different periods of time and it comes together unified it agrees with itself theologically and in every other way. Now the question is where did they get all the information, or much of it could be gathered simply through study of the author of Luke says that he made an investigation regarding the life of Christ. There were various documents that I'm sure he put together but much that was written could never have been simply the result of study. The Bible says in the book of second Peter holy men of God spoke as they were removed, the phrase there means carried along by the Holy Spirit. You could never possibly just simply by observation discover that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
So what you find is we believe that God so superintended these authors that even at times if they used various sources at the end of the day they were guided by God and preserved from error so that we have in our hands the word of God, a book that can be believed in. The primary storyline of the Bible is how can we as sinners become right with God and the answer boils down to the fact that it is through Jesus who came on a rescue mission to save us from our sins, who died in our behalf, and was raised. And if we put desperate faith in him. I say desperate because we need to know that we need him we will be saved, you will be saved. I will be saved is the message that is transformed many lives and will continue to do so. Some help for Jackie from Dr. Erwin looks her thank you Dr. lutes. Or if you'd like to hear your question answered. Go to our email@example.com and click on ask Pastor Luther or call us at 188-218-9337 that's 1-888-218-9337 you can write to us running to win 1635 N. LaSalle Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614. Next time I'm going to win. We begin a Christmas series on the gifts Jesus brought to us so long ago.
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