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That would save you from Turning Point of the Jeremiah exam is uniquely powerful ninth which was first announced to the world on that Christmas morning continuing the series 172 missing why call him Savior and gentlemen.
There are more than 300 names and titles that describe the Lord Jesus with the name Savior is the one that provides a poignant reminder to us that God is not leaving us in our sin that he has provided a way for us to be saved is our Savior and today were going to talk about that as we continue our series why the Nativity today we begin the last message in that series.
As we approach the final hours before the birthday of Jesus Christ is celebrated around the world. You know the question we have to ask ourselves is not only this is see the Savior of the world. We know the answer that one. But here's the second one is he my Savior has there ever been a time when you have asked Jesus Christ to be your personal savior to forgive you of your sin and give you the gift of eternal life if you will do that if you will ask him to do that in prayer he will do it. The Bible says he never turns anybody away because he is not willing that any should perish, so why not pray that prayer today will remind you at the end of the program about that because that's the most important thing you can do to get ready for Christmas. Okay let's get started now from Luke 211, as we call him Savior. The Bible uses more than 300 names and titles to describe Jesus, but Jesus can no more be contained in his names and titles that we could contain the ocean in a collection of beautiful bottles.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who was a great London preacher and another generation often expressed his frustration in trying to wrap his arms around the names and nature of Jesus. On one occasion, he wrote.
I know my words cannot honor him according to his merit. I wish they could indeed I grow less and less satisfied with my thoughts and language concerning him is too glorious for my feeble language to describe them if I could speak with tongues of men and angels.
I could not speak worthily of him if I could borrow all of the harmonies of heaven and enlist every harp and song of the glorified were not that music sweet enough for his praises. What he was saying in his old English way is what sometimes we feel, how do you describe the greatness of the Lord Jesus, how can you use words to express all that he is and all that he means to us the names of Jesus if we could understand them all would still fall short of declaring his glory. In describing his greatness. Jesus is the name of the Lord's personality.
Emmanuel is the name of his proximity to us, but Savior, all that name that name is the name of the Lord's purpose and his mission upon this earth. Jesus and Emmanuel are names that were given to the parents of our Lord by an angel. But Savior that name was announced first to a group of shepherds on a hillside. We read about it here in Luke chapter 2 verses 10 and 11. The angel said to them, do not be afraid, for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people, for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord now in back was announced to the shepherds in that particular time when Jesus came the people of Israel had had many saviors as we learned in the book of Judges, they were constantly in need of a Savior, a deliverer to help them out of the messes that they created for themselves. The book of Nehemiah summarizes it in Nehemiah chapter 9 verse 27 where we read. Therefore, you delivered them into the hand of their enemies who oppress them and in the time of their trouble.
When they cried to you. You heard from heaven and according to your abundant mercies. You gave them deliverers who saved them from the hand of their enemies Israel and had many human saviors all but the Savior that was about to be born. They'd never had any Savior like this one.
Jesus took the title of Savior and he gave it new and eternal meaning in the New Testament the title Savior is found five times in the writings of Peter and I find that interesting because you remember Peter is the one who tried to walk on water. On that occasion, he took his eyes off of the Lord, he began to sink like a rock, and he cried out, Lord save me.
In Peter's whole life. Like most of ours was one long cry for a Savior. When the Angels gave Jesus the name Savior. They defined both his life and his death for Luke 1910 says for the son of man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Here in Luke chapter 2 we began our understanding of the Savior by the promise of the Savior, which is given to us in this verse.
For unto you is born this day, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
This is the promise that had been made earlier by the prophets of the Old Testament Isaiah in Isaiah 96 had given a glimpse of this when he had written for unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder and his name shall be called wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting father, Prince of peace.
This is the promise that the angel had given to Joseph just a few months earlier in Matthew 121 and she will bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. Why, for he will save his people from their sins.
If you read the Bible and you begin to get a perspective on the length and breadth of the Scripture, you will discover that there's a kind of rhythm in the Bible itself just one people need hope God sends spokesmen to offer them a foretaste of a better future throughout the words in the works of the prophets. There were glimmers of a Savior. A king who would rescue his people and restore them to God.
In fact there were more than 300 specific promises in the Hebrew Scriptures about the promised Messiah or the coming Savior as they call one mathematician has determined that if only 60 of those prophecies came true, it would be an odd something like one as opposed to one +157 zeros in other words, the odds against this happening by itself, are astronomical, impossible these things that were prophesied concerning Jesus Christ.
They actually happened as it was prophesied to the minutest detail, and yet, as we look at them today.
We can look back in history and connect the dots between the prophecy and the fulfillment of the promise of the Savior, and then in the same verse we have the purpose of the Savior. Notice verse 11 for unto you is born this day, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord in the Gospels, Jesus speaks very frequently about his mission and coming to this earth. Somebody might want to ask why did Jesus come we need not wonder about that the Lord Jesus always was communicating his purpose in coming to this earth. In fact, his very first recorded words were to tell his parents that they should expect him to be involved in his father's business. You remember when they went to the temple to find him after he been left, and they didn't know what he was doing and why he had not told him what was going on. And Jesus reminded them, wait a minute. I'm not here to serve you. I am here on my father's mission 13 times in the Gospels, Jesus uses the phrase I have come many expresses something about why, for instance.
Matthew 913. He says I have come to call sinners. John 543 I have come in my father's name John 638. I have come to do the will of God. John 729 I have come from him and he sent me to you and John 1246 I have come to shine in this dark world. If the written record is any clue, no sense of mission has ever been brighter.
Perhaps his most moving statement about why he came to this earth came on a day when he encountered a strange little man by the name of Zakia's Zakia's was a man of wealth and distinction that when Jesus passed through his town. This little man ran ahead of the crowd and climbed up into the branches of the trees so they could get a good look when Jesus came by, he called him by name.
I've always thought I wanted what you would do if something like that happen to you.
You know he doesn't know who you are, but he calls you by your name. They call them by name and invited him to lunch now there's another thought.
What would you do of Jesus invited you to lunch.
The Bible says he came down and he went to lunch with Jesus and when the townspeople heard about it. They were incensed because you see Zakia's was not one of the model citizens of the city. He was a hated tax collector, and when they began to question Jesus about why he would eat was such a person's response was Luke 1910 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to say that which is lost. Notice here that the ancient Jews and many modern religious people like some of us perhaps and people that you know have misunderstood the purpose of the coming of the Savior you see in the days of our Lord's birth, the people of Israel were looking for a different kind of a Savior.
They want to be delivered from the Romans who ruled over them. They wanted their Savior to set them free physically and Jesus had come to set them free spiritually before we criticize them. We are not far behind them today. Are we.
We want to Savior to we want to be saved from our bad marriages.
We want to be saved from our indebtedness from our boring jobs. We want to be saved from our meaningless lives, but he came to save us from our sins. We want him to save us from the sins of others is not our sins that are upsetting to us. We are frustrated by the sins of others. Lord, please, and save me from the sins of my neighbors or from the sins of my husband or my wife or my boss. But in spite of the fact that many modern messages pander to that kind of gospel that is not the gospel and all. Jesus did not come down here primarily to save us from our marriages, or from our businesses or from our personal physical failures became to save us from our sins. And when we are saved from our sins. Those other things begin to flow out of that, but you can go to church is sometimes now. Week after week and never hear anything about being saved from your sin what you hear is how to be saved from your problems.
My friend, if you are not safe from your sin, you will never be saved from your problems.
Jesus did not come to make our lives better became to save us from our sin, and in spite of the fact that we know that we are easily swayed by feel-good messages about how Jesus can make it all better.
Savior came to save us from our sin in the Bible says in order to do that, according to Luke 1910, he had to seek us first became to seek and to save that which was lost. I remember growing up we used to sing a little chorus in our youth group that went like this.
I found what I wanted when I found the Lord and that's a beautiful little phrase and it was a great tune, but it's bad theology because we weren't seeking the Lord he was seeking us, you say well I'm here I'm seeking the Lord with your seeking the Lord its own because he saw you first. He put you in a seeking mode so that you would hear the gospel and the Bible says that man will not come to God unaided in Luke chapter 15 one of my favorite passages. We are told about the lost sheep of the lost coin, and the lost son, all of them had to be sought by the Savior. Just as today, we must be sought as well. All my friends, there is music and majesty in Jesus statement. One focus lost two actions to seek and to save Jesus came to this earth listen to me on a rescue mission.
The Savior is needed to seek the lost and the Savior is needed to save the loss became to seek and to say if he found us and didn't save us.
We be in the same position we were before.
But he came to save us not have to tell you that word has fallen on hard times we use every word that we can come up with from the dictionary except the word safe.
I remember growing up as a boy. It was a common thing that somebody if they been saved. I remember one little foray into the witnessing arena when I was a student at Dallas seminary. I was taking some courses at North Texas State University some graduate courses and I was going through a period of time that you probably never been to a time like this when I was feeling very guilty that I was so busy about doing the Christian thing that I wasn't witnessing. I probably heard a message on witnessing that it put me under a guilt trip and so I determined this week. I was been a witness and I went to my class sat next to a friend and I'll never forget this. I asked him are you saved and he said I'm not interested in being saved from anything except from nuts like you asked what he said so to set my witnessing program back a few weeks was very just, yeah, somebody would say to me, well you should him asking that question is a better way to ask it, and perhaps there is what the Bible's term for it is to be saved to be safe. When we think of being saved. We think of pictures of sailors clinging to the wreckage of the ship helicopters hovering in the night sky shining their beacons on the sea in search of the living who must be saved. A few months ago Don and I were in a condo and was a very quiet day uneventfully and all of a sudden we heard helicopters, five of them right out in front of where we were staying, going up and down in front of this thing and it went on for hours. I knew something was going on, and so I walked down to the pier and asked some of the people who gathered there what was happening. A surfer had disappeared and they feared he had drowned and ultimately he had, but they couldn't find his body and so they were searching for him, and they never stopped until he found we think of a collapsed mine where workers are trapped far beneath the earth where oxygen runs low and men crouch in darkness, wondering if they dare hope for salvation.
We think of a little girl at the bottom of the well or even the favorite word picture of a single stray sheep trapped on a parallel slope. The Coast Guard will find those lost sailors and no taxpayer will ever complain about the expense the minors will not be abandoned. The little girl must see the sunshine once more and the one sheep must be rescued from danger. These situations are urgent and when we see them on television. We stop and we pray and we wait. We may not even know any of the people, but instantly we find ourselves identifying with them and praying that somehow they will be rescued there lost and they need to be saved but ladies and gentlemen. These temporal situations are transcended by the true tragedy of men and women who are lost in their own rubble of sin and darkness and pain and often even without knowing what they are longing for our world's inhabitants are crying out to be rescued. We don't need to be saved from the sins of others. We need salvation from our own sin until we are willing to acknowledge that no matter what the Savior may have done for us. It will not connect with us at all until we are willing to say it's not there sins that is the problem. It is my sin. It is not my situation. That's the problem it's my sin that's the problem. Until we are willing to stand up before God and own up to the fact that we have failed him. And we are falling short of his glory and the only hope we have is the Savior until them. Whatever the Savior may have done for us. It will not make any difference because he does not force himself upon us.
He paid the penalty for our sin, he paid all that needs to be paid, but he waits for us to accept it by faith promise of the Savior and the purpose of the Savior.
Notice the provision of the Savior in the same verse.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
Please notice the fact of this Savior coming to the surface as a fact of history. It's very interesting that this verse. While it is so very short contains everything we need to know. It says, for unto you is born this day a Savior. Jesus did not just gradually come upon this earth. There was a day when the Lord God was born into humanity. When he came through Mary and on a certain day in a certain place at a certain time. He was born into humanity. The Bible makes it very clear that this is an historic event. On this day Jesus was born, the birth of Jesus is not the beginning of a spiritual force, but the historic record of a person who had an actual birthday listening to Turning Point time David Jeremiah and we are coming to the end of our series why the Nativity several days at least three weeks of teaching on Christmas tomorrow will finish up this lesson on why call him Savior I know tomorrow will be a busy day for everyone and you. You may miss the program but you can catch it on our website or on our app and finish up the series on your own time.
Here's the question that we been asking, is he your Savior. He is the Savior of the world that we know what he only becomes your Savior by invitation so I been encouraging you to ask him to come into your life and to forgive your sins and give you the gift of eternal life you have to do is ask. The Bible says he is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to him so doing today do it before Christmas. Give yourself the greatest gift you can ever have the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord seated next. For more information on Dr. Jeremiah's current series why the Nativity, please visit our website with girls. I find two freeways that help you stay connected monthly magazine Turning Points and as many email devotional sign-up today and David Jeremiah thought or/ready that David Jeremiah thought or/writing when you ask for a copy of Dragon 365 day devotional for 2021 fiscal strength for today and it's filled with biblical truth for the yearly and the gift of any amount and keep your spirits bright through the holiday season. Visit the home for Christmas candlelight 10 point.tv, you'll freeze those Christmas music videos messages and the harmful Christmas channel and Turning Points.TV.
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