Summary: A sermon based on Psalm 18 on the first and second comings of Christ
Sermon for 12/12/2004
Rock and Roll
You got me rockin’ and a rollin’
Rockin’ and a reelin’
(Bar bar bar bar Barbar Ann)
Alan Freed, a disc jockey, invented the term Rock and Roll, and it identified the new teenage music in the 50’s. It originated from Rhythm and Blues but it has a heavier beat. It makes people want to get up and dance.
God has had rock and roll in his mind for a while now. No, I am not talking about the music; I am talking about what he is going to do with this world.
(Psa 18:7 NRSV) Then the earth reeled and rocked; the foundations also of the mountains trembled and quaked, because he was angry.
The time of Advent
The differences between miracles and Providence
Psalm 18:4-6 could have happened at a few points in David’s life. However, the Lord’s response in vs. 7-19 is found no where in the life of David.
It sounds like the time when God lead the Israelites out of Egypt through Moses. Providence through the plagues of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness (eclipse).
The plague on the firstborn was a miracle.
The parting of the Red Sea was a miracle.
We see Jesus in this Psalm. Yes, the Lord was making a people for himself so that …(Gal 4:4 NIV) when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman,
We see more than that here. WE cannot help but see his first and second comings.
Thesis: This morning we are going to talk about Jesus’ first and second comings from the viewpoint of Psalm 18.
A. From Psalm 18 we do not have the wonderful miracle, the incarnation. Baby born to a virgin. We can tamper with the reproductive organs today and have babies without sexual intercourse, but it is a miracle to have a baby without knowing a man, without tampering with the egg and the sperm. The Holy Spirit came upon Mary. No male component.
B. Easter should be a bigger holiday than Christmas. Yes, it is great that the Word became flesh. However, Jesus was born to die. Right after Triumphal Entry (John 12:27 NRSV) "Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say--’ Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour.(John 12:28 NRSV) Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."(John 12:29 NRSV) The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."(John 12:30 NRSV) Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.(John 12:31 NRSV) Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.(John 12:32 NRSV) And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."(John 12:33 NRSV) He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
C. (John 1:28 NRSV) This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.(John 1:29 NRSV) The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!