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Sermon preached by Pastor Larry C. Brincefield on 12/19/2004 at Belleview Church of the Nazarene

Title: Advent 4: Jesus the Savior is with us

Text: Luke 2:11; Hosea 13:4-6

Introduction

1. This has been a wonderful Advent season!!

We’ve looked at Jesus as Creator…

And how He is still taking the chaos of our lives…

And bringing order.

We’ve looked as Jesus as Sustainer…

And how He continues to work and minister to us even today.

We’ve looked at Jesus as Sin-Bearer…

And how His humble beginnings in the cradle…

To His tragic death on the cross…

Has paid the price for our sins.

2. This morning, I would like for us to look at Jesus, as our Savior…

Read Text: Luke 2:11; Hosea 13:4-6

1. The Savior provides salvation to the people of Israel.

A. You are all very familiar with the story of the Children of Israel…

And their bondage to Pharaoh and the Egyptians…

It is a story that has been dramatically told down through history…

And even Hollywood has gotten on board…

And shown the story of Moses..

And how God used him in the deliverance of the Israelites….

And the dramatic crossing of the Red Sea…

God saved the people from bondage…

And led them to freedom.

God was with them…

In Hosea, God says, “I am the LORD your God, [who brought you] out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.

But we all know how the people would frequently get caught up in what was going on around them…

And they would be led astray into idolatry…

And forget all about God, their savior.

B. God was the One who brought them to freedom…

God was the One who took care of them in the wilderness…

God was the One who miraculously provided water and manna…

God was with them…

As Hosea writes, “I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat. 6 When I fed them, they were satisfied”

He provided for their every need…

C. But Hosea also writes, “when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.”

And that’s exactly what happened…

Even though God took care of their every need…

God was with them…

Caring for them…

Loving them…

Sustaining them…

They forgot God

2. Jump ahead about 1500 years to 6 BC, the Savior provides salvation for all mankind.…

A. An angel appears to some shepherds on a hillside…

He told them that a Savior was born.

And then, a whole bunch of angels came out of nowhere and began to proclaim:

Glory to God in the highest…

Peace on earth…

Goodwill to men.

B. Jesus, became Emmanuel…

God with us.

Only this time, God wasn’t providing salvation from Pharaoh and Egyptian bondage…

This time, God was providing salvation from sin and death.

Jesus was with them…

Performing miracles amongst them…

Sustaining them…

Comforting them…

Teaching them…

C. But as can often happen…

People got their eyes of Christ…

And got caught in the politics of the day…

And many people turned their back on Jesus…

And as was God’s plan from the beginning…

Jesus died on the cross to salvation from sin….

Freedom from the bondage that sin enslaves upon people.

D. Jesus came as the Savior for the world…

But many people turned a deaf ear…

And embraced the things of this world…


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