Summary: Jesus has often been underestimated from his birth until now ! Don’t understimate him !
Never Underestimate Jesus
Introduction: The shepherds believed what the angels had revealed to them, and came to Bethlehem and worshipped the Lord. The Wisemen traveled a great distance believing what revelation they had received. They brought gifts, and bowed and worshipped him. Yet, Herod underestimated Jesus ! After all he was just a newborn babe, and how difficult could it be to destroy him. Jesus has been underestimated by many from the very beginning, and it remains so today. But, listen to me this morning......."Never Underestimate Jesus !"
I. State Couldn’t Crush Him. Matthew 2
a. Herod was disturbed.
He was disturbed by the news of the wisemen. There was not room for another King !
b. Herod was demanding.
Demanded from the scribes information about where this King was to be born.
c. Herod was deceitful.
To the wiseman he said, ".....bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."
d. Herod was destructive.
Herod ordered the death of all children age 2 and under in the region.
e. Herod was denied.
The Lord Jesus was protected, and Herod was denied the opportunity to destoy him.
II. Satan Couldn’t Corrupt Him. Matt 4
a. he was uncapable of sin.
Satan approached him in a time when he thought he would be weak, and used this trying to take advantage, but Jesus was uncapable of sin because he is the perfect Son of God
b. he was understanding of scripture.
Each temptation was met with scripture
c. he was unmoved by Satan.
Christ could not be persuaded by Satan ! He was unyielding in his calling, and comittment.
III. Scribes Couldn’t Confuse Him. Mark 7
a. He confronted their religion.
He knew they honored God with their lips, but that their hearts were distant.
b. He challenged their rituals.
They chose not to obey the word of God, but rather chose to observe the rituals of man.
c. He condemned their rejection.
The Lord condemned their rejection of the word of God for the traditions of men.
IV. Storms Couldn’t Control Him.
a. The ship was tossing.
As Jesus was praying on top of a mountain, his disciples were in a ship that was being tossed in the storm.
b. The saints were troubled.
The disciples were obviously overwhelmed with fear !
c. The Savior went there.
The storm couldn’t control him. It could not keep him from coming to the Saints when they were in need. Don’t underestimate Jesus when you’re in the storms !
V. The Soldiers Couldn’t Conquer Him. Matt 27
a. They bound him.
They arrested him
b. They beat him.
They beat him with the palms of their hands, and with a cat of nine tails, and then beat the nails into his hands, and feet !
c. They berated him.
Having nailed him to the cross, they berated and belittled him !
Yet, the soldiers did not conquer him. He gave up his life. It was not taken from him !
VI. The Sepulcher Couldn’t Confine Him. Matt 28
Christmas is only the beginning. Easter is the rest of the story !
a. The Saints Reasoning.
The ladies who appeared at the grave that day came there expecting to finish the rituals of burial.
b. The Stone Removed.
The stone has been removed from the opening.