24 Dec 12/24/16 “AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED” – Pastor Shane Idleman
“And He Shall Be Called…”
ISAIAH 9:6 NASB – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Gabriel Announces Christ’s Birth – LUKE 1:26 [NKJV] Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
“Hypostatic Union” – divine/human – Jesus got nutrition but not LIFE from Mary.
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Angeles would often say, “Do not be afraid.”
When we are not in control or don’t understand – we get fearful – TRUST and OBEY
Man cannot SAVE himself – “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son” (Genesis 22:8).
Mount Moriah 2000 years EARLIER –
↣ HE COULDN’T HAVE DONE IT AS A CHILD – “I lay my life down.”
↣ HE HAD TO ENDURE THE CROSS – We think we have mental anguish?
This is WONDERFUL news – He shall be called – “ETERNAL FATHER”
The Angels Announce Jesus to the Shepherds [the lowly and the receptive] – 2:8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
He shall be called – “PRINCE OF PEACE”
WHAT GOOD NEWS? “Good tidings of great joy which will be to all people…
The GOOD NEWS has to be received – “I did not come to call the righteous…”
When is there PEACE in war? When someone SURRENDERS! –
Some of you are here just to hear this.
The Shepherds Visit Jesus – 2:15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
Simeon’s Prophecy – 2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
Consolation [Comfort] of Israel – are you comforted this evening/morning?
Holy Spirit was Upon Him – are you alive spiritually?
He was waiting because Scriptures foretold of His birth –
Born of a woman, in Bethlehem, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Judah – a massacre of children would take place; a messenger would prepare the way. His own people would reject Him. He was crucified with criminals; gambled for His garments; no bone would be broken. HE WOULD BE THE FINAL SACRIFICE!
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against 35 (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
“Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also.”
The gospel condemns before it releases.
It penetrates before it heals.
It shows me my sin – then I see my need for a Savior.
Noel Noel come and see what God has done –
“Whoever drinks of this water…”
“Come to Me all of you who are weak…”
“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord…”
He shall be called – WONDERFUL COUNSELOR & MIGHTY GOD –
CLOSING: Communion – Without an execution there is no celebration.
“Oh the Blood” – it’s the life of the body given in exchange for the eternal life of the soul.
Examine our hearts – do you know Him?
To “remember” you first must have an experience.
Pass Out the Elements – Silent night, Holy night. All is calm, all is bright
FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE – 1 Cor. 11:23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.