“The Coming Matters”
Series: “The Coming”
Orchard Hill Church
Imagine a young woman with nothing…
Dressed in rags, lived in a shack, and had nothing.
But there was a King who fell in love with her. Who knows why, but he did. And his love was relentless.
But… How on earth would he reveal his love for her without overwhelming her? Without her questioning his motives?
How would he bridge the gap that separates the King from her?
People told the King to simply go get her. But the King knew that of all the things his power could do, he could never demand love. He couldn’t force her to love him.
The King realized that there was only one way to win her love. He had to remove his crown and lay down is scepter, leaving the palace to dress in rags, farm the dry ground, and become a peasant. Everything gone. All for his one hope of winning the love of the girl in rags.
He came ragged to let her know how much he loved her. And he hoped she would realize the depths of his love.
Why did God become flesh?
Yes, to save us from our sins and to bring heaven to us.
But most of all, because he LOVES us.
And he wants us to love him back.
Paul writes about this in Philippians 2:6-8
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
We worship a humble God. His love drives his humility.
As we go through this season, remember that God did not send a subordinate. He sent his son. And he came as a baby. To a barn, not a palace.
Throughout the scriptures, Jesus has many names.
Lamb of God.
Alpha and Omega.
Light of the World.
The Bright and Morning Star.
But in a culture where names meant everything and were a really big deal, God’s son was named Jesus. This is a common and average name of the day. Like ‘Bob’ to us.
God chose a typical, normal, average, humble name for his son. And that’s what people called him by.
When Jesus began teaching, people were amazed because the thought they knew him.
Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. “Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. 55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother’s name Mary, and aren’t his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? 56 Aren’t all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him.
To those who needed him, he was just Jesus.
Story: Alice’s Dad
One of the top attorneys in the state. In the courtroom he is respected as “Mr. Dutton.”
But when he goes to the high school to coach swimming as a volunteer, he tells the swimmers to call him “Dave.”
Jesus was God, but to those who needed him, he was just Jesus.
There was not one person who was reluctant to approach Jesus for fear of being rejected.
Not one person was ever fearful that he/she was too broken for Jesus.
Will you remember this truth the next time you find yourself amazed at your own failure?
Part of God’s glory is his humility.
God wants to be with you.
The incarnation is one of the most powerful illustrations of this truth.
Story: Frustration about a lousy baker during the holidays
Last year tried to serve Bananas Flambe
Konjak wouldn’t start on fire…
Served drunken bananas (ha!)
Frustration also about being a lousy decorator or that Christmas is a to-do list.
Why, during this time of year, are we supposed to feel so close to God yet feel so far away.
The address of God is at the end of your rope -Dallas Willard
We need to remember that because of His humility, he is present with us in our darkest places.
Jesus always stoops to us in our most mundane, shameful, unlikely places in our lives.
Those places where we feel most alone.
Brennan Manning: “I come to Jesus just as I am. Not as I should be. I am poor and weak. And the little child looks at me and replies, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am with you.’”
You don’t have to hide from Jesus. Not your faults or failures.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Do you need some mercy or grace? Or do you find yourself in a time of need?
Maybe this is the first year you’ve been divorced, or your marriage is in a time of need. Maybe you have lost someone significant in the last year… Maybe your family just fights during the holidays… Or maybe you have cancer… Maybe you’re a young person and growing up is tougher than you thought… Maybe you’re scared about your future… Or your life just feels like a never-ending cycle of things to get done and Christmas is just another thing…
Don’t fear. The King of the World is with you and your struggle.
God tilts toward the underdog.
Every time you hear the name “Jesus,” remember that he was humble coming as a king. And he is a mighty to save.
Remember the peasant girl from the start? Did she ever return the king’s love?
I don’t know.
But what is your response to God?
He is hoping that you love him back.
Jesus is both humble and strong. He is with you. And he will carry you through.