Summary: Jesus is the eternal God come in the flesh.
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE
C: Jesus as God
Th: I Love It When a Plan Comes Together
Pr: JESUS IS THE ETERNAL GOD COME IN THE FLESH.
CV: “We will clearly communicate the transforming truth of the Bible.”
PA: How is the change to be observed?
• Think through the choices you have about Jesus.
• Choose Jesus as Lord and Savior
RMBC 14 December 08 AM
“I love it when a plan comes together.”
…is the theme for our messages during this Christmas season.
I get so excited during this time of the year, not just because of family gatherings, though I enjoy them immensely.
It is not because of all the excitement of the season and the great music we hear, though it does bring me great joy.
I get excited because it is a time we celebrate how God’s plan all came together.
This is a time we celebrate that what God said He would do, He did.
He made good on His promises to us.
For the last two weeks, we have been studying why the life of Jesus, which includes the Christmas story, is credible.
We came to the conclusion that…
The eyewitness testimony about Jesus is reliable.
We discussed how the testimony of the New Testament writers has been confirmed over and over again by historical and archaeological evidence.
These eight different authors reflect accurately either what they saw or heard, or possessed a personal connection with someone who did.
Last week, we saw that…
The Scriptural testimony described the Messiah.
We considered what the Hebrew Scriptures said about the coming Messiah.
He would be the seed of Abraham.
He would come from the tribe of Judah.
He would be of the line of Jesse and David.
We also saw that the Messiah would be a suffering servant, and that He would be pierced.
There are forty other promises as well.
What we observed is that…
Jesus did it!
He proved that He was the Messiah.
Promise after promise, He fulfilled.
But we want to reconsider three very important ones as they coincide with today’s study.
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
For to us a child is born, to 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.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.
Do you see what those three verses had in common?
They speak to the deity of the Messiah.
His name is Immanuel.
“God with us.”
The given son would have the appropriate names of deity.
Prince of Peace.
And His origin?
Though He is born in Bethlehem, He is actually from before that…from the long past…from before there were days.
Jesus fulfilled so many of the prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures.
But here is the question?
Was He really God?
The Hebrew Scriptures said He would be.
Did He live up to that billing?
Our answer to that is “Yes!”
Jesus is the eternal God come in the flesh (Colossians 2.9).
Paul writes in Colossians…
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form… (NIV)
The Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, built and designed the heavens and the earth, for without Him was not anything made that was made.
Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, was with God and was God.
He loved humanity so much that He left heaven, a perfect place, with perfect provision, perfect praise, and a place of perfect satisfaction, to enter into a world full of sin and trouble.
The eternal Son of God, the powerful Creator of everything, journeyed from heaven into earth, stepped from eternity into time.
He chose to be born of a woman, in a lowly stable, in a poor village called Bethlehem.
He moved from spirit into a microscopic human embryo implanted in the womb of a virgin named Mary.
He had not yet formed eyes, or hands, or feet, or a brain.
God was contained as an act of His own will, in the womb.
He, Who was and is perfect light, placed himself in total darkness for nine months.
When he was born, he looked like any other baby, a six or seven pound bouncing baby boy, unable to walk and talk, unable to feed himself, completely dependent on Mary and Joseph for his every need.