Culture tries to make Christmas about everything other than Jesus, but it is all about Him! Christ is the Child about whom Isaiah prophesied and called called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. Jesus is the One who defeats the enemy and saves the world that we might have great joy instead of deep despair and darkness. This is the hope and joy of Christmas.
The Holy Spirit is the Father’s gift to us who helps, convinces and assures us of the Son’s work for us.
We spend so much time pursing things we believe will make us happy when, in fact, God has already secured our happiness in Christ. Being united with through faith and repentance Christ we have a glorious inheritance. What is it? God also has a glorious inheritance? What is it?
It is often heard to make sense of the wickedness we see in the world and throughout history. Is there a plan? Is it all heading somewhere? Will all the wrongs ever be made right? Scripture declares that all things are going to be summed in and submitted to Christ. In light of that future hope, how do we live now?
God has not only loved us, chosen us, adopted us, redeemed us and lavished His kindness on us, but He has also given us wisdom and understanding. Scripture makes great promises to those who live with wisdom and understanding. How do these change the way we view sin and approach life and how do we experience them?
One of the most basic human needs is the need to belong. One of the greatest results of sin is that it destroys right places and senses of belonging and creates abandonment. God’s answer to humanity’s broken experience of ultimate belonging is predestination and adoption.
For many of us, experiences of rejection are what mostly shape our sense of identity. Those moments we’ve all had of being skipped over, left out, unwanted and not chosen. These negative episodes not only inform the way we feel about ourselves, but the way we think about God and how we act with and toward others. In this sermon we learn that what is actually most true about us is that we are loved and chosen by God in Christ, and that these glorious truths create for us a new identity and a better way to live toward God and in the world.