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THE GLORIES OF THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST
Intro: This passage deals with an event that is central to our thoughts during this time of year. It speaks about the coming of Jesus Christ into this world. It deals with the incarnation of Jesus. Incarnation is a word that means - “In flesh.” It refers to that glorious moment in history when God took upon Himself a human body. The incarnation is, without doubt, the single most amazing feat ever accomplished by God! For in the Person of the baby Jesus, God fulfilled all the prophecies of times gone by and accomplished all the hopes of times yet to come.
Today, I want us to look into the incarnation and see if we can begin to grasp some of the glories of it. For in these verses, there are truths that will never be fully comprehended until we stand in His presence, perfected in Heaven, 1 Cor. 13:12. Let’s look together at the Glories Of The Incarnation.
A. Planned By A Perfect Sovereign -
B. Planned Around
A Perfect Setting - The time was perfect for the birth of Jesus. It was perfect: Psychologically,
Prophetically, and Politically, (
C. Planned For A Perfect Substitute
- His Son - John 3:16. (
II. v. 4b THE POWER OF THE INCARNATION
A. The Power Of
Its Method - Made Of A Woman
- God became flesh - John 1:1; 14. (
B. The Power Of Its Ministry - Made
Under The Law - (Ill. Matt. 5:17) (Ill. How
He fulfilled the Law - Lk. 2:21-52) Ill. The Sovereign
became a subject! (
III. V.5-7a THE PURPOSE OF THE INCARNATION
A. To Purchase Us - Redeem = To buy in the market place and totally remove from the sale! We have been purchased by the precious blood of Jesus - Rev. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:19! The sole purpose of Jesus coming into this world was to redeem God’s elect from the judgment of sin and God’s wrath in Hell and place them into the family of God - John 18:37!
B. To Parent Us - (Ill. The Roman ceremony of the “toga virilis”. The father would remove the garment called
preatexta” and place the “toga virilis” on the body of his son and declare him a
full heir to all that he owned. (Ill.
Jesus came to remove the garments of sin from us and to cloth us in the
righteousness of Jesus! -
IV. V.7b THE PROMISE IN THE INCARNATION
A. The Promise Of A New Station - Not a slave, but a son! (
B. The Promise Of A New Status -
From the wages of sin - Rom. 6:23,
and the unrighteousness of the flesh, Isa.
64:6 - to the riches of the Father! Rom. 8:17;
Conc: All of this is ours, just because Jesus came. Because He loved us more than His own life, we have the assurance of the best that God can give us here, and the promise of sharing His glories in eternity! What blessings are our just because He was willing to become a man for us! He paid an eternal price so that we could enjoy eternal blessings. Bless His glorious Name!