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Summary: Change as we face the future is inevitable. We can determine, at least to some degree how change will play out. This is a New Year's sermon.

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JESUS CAME TO BE THE DEVINE SAVIOR

LUKE 9:49-56

THIS IS THE LAST SUNDAY OF 2015. I THINK SOME OF YOU WOULD AGREE WITH ME THAT THIS YEAR HAS REALLY FLOWN BY. IT SEEMS AS I GET OLDER THAT THE YEARS GO BY QUICKER FOR ME. 2015 HAD A NUMBER OF POSITIVE THINGS HAPPEN IN THE WORLD AND THERE WERE A NUMBER OF NEGATIVE THINGS THAT HAPPENED AS WELL.

AS WE STAND POISED TO DIVE INTO A NEW YEAR, WE COME FACE TO FACE WITH THE UNKNOWN THAT THE FUTURE CAN BRING. CHANGE IS INEVITABLE, BUT WILL IT BE A GOOD CHANGE OR BAD, THAT IS FOR THE YEAR TO PLAY OUT.

NO DOUBT SOME OF YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU MAY KNOW, HAVE MADE THE FAMOUS NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. WE ALL HAVE THINGS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER AS WE ENTER 2016.

I HAVE SOME GOLS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ATTAIN IN 2016, AND I BELIEVE THEY ARE REALISTIC. I ALSO APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT WHILE WE CONSIDER THE VARIOUS CHANGES WE PLAN FOR, THE ONE THING THAT NEVER WILL CHANGE IS OUR FAITH. OUR APPROACH IN PRESENTING THE MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL ALWAYS CHANGES WITH THE TIMES, BUT THE MESSAGE ITSELF HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE SAME.

LUKE 19:10: FOR THE SON OF MAN CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THE LOST.”

JESUS CAME TO SEEK AND TO SAVE THOSE WHO WER LOST. HE AND ONLY HE HAS THE POWER TO DO SO. HE LIVED A SINLESS LIFE, DUE TO HIS MIRACULOUS CONCEPTION HE WAS CONCEIVED WITHOUT THE SIN NATURE THAT YOU AND I HAVE.

JESUS WAS THE ONLY PERSON WHO COULD FACE THE FULL FURY OF GOD THE FATHER’S RIGHTEOUS ANGER OVER SIN. WHY WAS THAT? THE REASON IS THAT JESUS WAS GOD THE SON.

THIS IS POINTED OUT TO US CLEARLY AT THE TIME OF JESUS’ BIRTH. WHEN THE ANGEL APPEARED TO JOSEPH BEFORE JESUS’ BIRTH, THE ANGEL TOLD JOSEPH:

MATTHEW 1:20-21:

“JOSEPH SON OF DAVID, DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TAKE MARY HOME AS YOUR WIFE, BECAUSE WHAT IS CONCEIVED IN HER IS FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT. 21 SHE WILL GIVE BIRTH TO A SON, AND YOU ARE TO GIVE HIM THE NAME JESUS, T BECAUSE HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.”

IT IS HERE THAT WE SEE PART OF THE ROLE THAT JOSEPH WOULD PLAY IN JESUS’ BIRTH. IT IS ONE THAT IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED. IT TELLS US THAT MARY WOULD HAVE THE BABY, BUT PART OF JOSEPH’S ROLE IS TO NAME THE CHILD. HE IS TOLD WHAT TO NAME THE BABY, BUT THE RESPONSIBILITY IS HIS TO ACTUALLY DO IT.

THIS BABY WOULD BE NAMED FOR THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT CAME INTO THE WORLD. JOSEPH JR. JUST WOULDN’T DO, AND NO OTHER NAME COULD BE CONSIDERED. HE WAS TO BE NAMED JESUS BECAUSE HE WOULD SAVE PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.

MOST PEOPLE SEE JESUS AS THE BABY BORN IN A MANGER IN BETHLEHEM. GOD SEES JESUS AS OUR SAVIOR, TH=AKING ON HUMAN FORM, BORN WITH A PURPOSE, A MISSION. THE PLAN HE HAD FORMULATED BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH HAD TAKEN FORM, AND THERE WAS JOY IN HEAVEN.

LUKE 2:10-11:

BUT THE ANGEL SAID TO THEM, “DO NOT BE AFRAID. I BRING YOU GOOD NEWS THAT WILL CAUSE GREAT JOY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE. 11 TODAY IN THE TOWN OF DAVID A SAVIOR HAS BEEN BORN TO YOU; HE IS THE MESSIAH, THE LORD.

TODAY I WANT TO SHARE THREE THOUGHTS WITH YOU THAT CHRIST CAME TO SAVE US FROM:

1. CHRIST CAME TO SAVE US FROM SIN.


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