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Your Newborn King

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Sermon shared by Peter Schmidt

January 2003
Summary: There have been some people, because of their pedigree, who were destined for greatness the moment they were born. Such is the case with Jesus Christ, who surpasses them all in greatness and power!
Denomination: Lutheran
Audience: Believer adults
at our new baby Alethia, maybe sheíll become a surgeon, maybe sheíll be an attorney or judge. Maybe Ali will be a professor, a scientist. But I can tell you, Val and I havenít exactly been dreaming, "wow, wouldnít it be great if some day Ali became...a Shepherdess?" Not the most noble of occupations.

But Jesus chose to be a shepherd. Not a literal one, Jesus never raised sheep as far as we know, but he was a shepherd much like his ancestor David who had very humble beginnings as well. While Davidís brothers were off fighting Philistines and earning for themselves military honors, young David was fighting different battles of his own. To protect helpless sheep, David risked his life, killing ferocious beasts like lions and bears.

And we, the helpless flock of Godís church, need Jesus to be a shepherd for us. For it would be a courageous but stupid sheep who said to his shepherd, "no thanks, I think Iíll take care of this bear on my own." And we would be pretty foolish if we thought that we could handle Satanís attacks on our own. But you donít have to. Jesus is not only your brother, but heís your shepherd, the one looking around, and making sure that no harm comes to your soul. Micah prophesied this work of Jesus when he said, "He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord."
Part IV
Jesus is a ruler from humble beginnings, he is fully human, and heís a shepherd. And Micah says that heís also one other thing: a conqueror.

The end of verse 4 says, "and they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach the ends of the earth." Thereís been a lot of talk about national security in the past few years. People want our government to do everything it can to protect its citizens from violent people. This security includes extra checks at the airports. There are some people suggesting that we station our military troops on our borders to give us more security from violent people illegally sneaking into our country. And while we all want our government to do everything possible it can, in human terms, we can never have perfect security. People make mistakes, people canít possibly know everything thatís going on. People donít have full knowledge on how our enemies think and plan.

Thatís why itís so great that our Newborn King brings us one other blessing: security. Because these things that prevent us from having total security from our enemies arenít an issue with Jesus. Jesus is all-knowing. Jesus is all-powerful. Jesus is all-loving. Jesus is the perfect guardian for your body and soul. And his rule lasts forever.
Conclusion
Jesus was destined for greatness the minute he was born. The Bible said for centuries before his birth the astounding things he would do with his life. But Christís greatness doesnít lie in him exalting himself, instead Jesus has shown his greatness by doing the unthinkable: by making wretched sinners like us heirs of heaven and co-rulings with him for all eternity. As you prepare to leave this Christmas Season behind for another year, remember what Christmas is all about: itís about Jesus becoming nothing so that you would have everything. Itís about Jesus becoming a slave so that you would be a king or queen. Yes, Jesus, our Newborn King, is great because he makes us great. Amen.
Comments and Shared Ideas
David Freshour
December 9, 2006
Powerful and thought provoking. Hits many felt needs that won't be talked about in most churches at Christmas. It's a winner!

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