“The Coming Received”
Series: “The Coming”
Orchard Hill Church
God has shown mercy and kindness to all people everywhere.
We will talk about what it means to receive the coming of Christ.
John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God GAVE his son!
God has given the gift of his son, and that’s why we give gifts to each other at Christmas.
Along with giving comes receiving. We get to receive the gift of Jesus.
Of all of the things Jesus was given to us for, he was sent to bring us to the Kingdom of God.
For all of this to come about, Jesus had to help us deal with the problem of sin.
18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yetdid not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Some people like to receive gifts, others don’t. Sometimes it depends on the gift. Story of Tim giving his wife gifts:
Tim likes to give gifts that solve problems. He thought his wife could use a boost in the kitchen, so he gave her some gifts to solve the kitchen problems.
Tim gave his wife an apron as a gift and she didn’t like it. Nor the food processor or a vaccuum.
Tim’s wife does not care for gifts that solve problems. She would rather receive a gift to simply enjoy.
Story of another gift: The football visor
During the football season, Tim’s son, Ike, would get bruises and cuts on his face from players poking at him after being tackled.
Ike’s aunt gave him a visor to put on his helmet as a gift.
This gift was to protect his face from being poked after being tackled on the field. A gift that solved a problem.
You and I have a problem of sin. We have a tendency to do things that we shouldn’t do.
Envy, jealousy, lust, many things…
21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!
The greatest challenge humanity faces is the challenge of sin.
Jesus was given to solve the problem of sin.
He came to earth to save people of their sin
Acts 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
When we open up the gift of Jesus and receive it, we are receiving salvation.
Jesus himself bore our sin as our Savior.
When we receive Jesus, we receive him as savoir.
Jesus also came to earth to be with us as God/Lord/King
Matthew 1:22-24, 2:1
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When Joseph sees and understands the gift of Jesus, he surrenders his will to God.
The Magi, seeing the star in the east, came to give gifts, bow down, and worship Jesus as God.
The Throne of Jesus in our lives:
Jesus is in authority. He is the King of all Kings, Lord of all Lords, everything has been submitted to Him.
Over 90% of Americans say they are Christian.
What this means is that we receive Christ for what he did on the cross, but we also receive Christ as authority of their lives.
Too many people believe you can accept Jesus as Savior, yet still remain seated on the throne with authority to themselves.
When Tim married his wife, Kris, he received her. But in receiving her he doesn’t say that she can’t be the daughter of Bill and Jan Dailey.
When Tim receives his wife, he cannot say he won’t accept her as the sister of Karen, Kendra, and Karla. Because that is who she is!
Tim receives her for who she is.
You cannot say about Jesus, “I accept him as Savior but I don’t accept him as the Authority or King…” That is who he is!
To receive the gift of Jesus is to unwrap the package of Emmanuel, God with us, as King, Lord, and Savior.
The reason many of us struggle with this though is because we want to be our own God. So we battle with Lordship or Authority with Jesus.
To be a Christian is to say, “God I surrender to you.”
Christianity has a cost to it. And you must count the cost.
King Herod did not welcome Jesus as king
Matthew 2:3 - When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Herod used the wise men as a scheme to kill the King.
Herod wanted the power and authority to himself. The coming of a King was a threat to his life.
I wonder where Herod is today?
To receive Jesus is to receive him as Savior and to receive him as King/Lord.
John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
You can’t just receive half of Jesus. We’re called to receive him as who He is. Savior and Lord.
Who sits on the throne of your life? You? God?
Colossians 2:6-7 – 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
To receive Jesus, it is to receive the grace and authority of God in our lives every single day.