Yearly Archives: 2010


Who is this King of Glory?

Psalm 24 intones, “who is this king of glory?” And then answers with a resounding, “The Lord of hosts, He is the king of Glory.”

This morning, as we continue celebrate the birth of Christ I want to briefly look at the infant in the manger and see his name and recognize just who is this king of Glory through looking at seven identifications of the baby in the manger in answer to the question: “Who is this king of glory?”

Jesus

We begin with the name that Gabriel commanded he be given before He was even in the womb.

In the gospel of Luke we read…
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus . ” ( Luke 1:26–31 , NAS)

Afterward Gabriel in turn spoke to Joseph and he commanded that man saying, ““ She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” ” ( Matthew 1:21 , NAS)

When Gabriel first speaks to Mary he calls her “Favored one” That is, “One who has received much grace!” As she pondered the greeting his explanation concludes that she will name Him Jesus.


Jesus Christ: No Ordinary Baby

I recall a story I heard one time of a family who was having a christening party in honor of the christening of their newborn baby. Amid all the family and friends coming over and all the eating and drinking and gift-giving and celebrating, one person finally walks up to the mother and asks her the obvious question. “Where is the baby?” In her frantic and panic and fright, the mother runs into the nursery where she finds her baby lying there, dead, smothered under all the coats and cloaks of those who came to the party. They we so wrapped up in all the festivities and celebration that they forgot the real reason why they were there to celebrate!

They forgot about the baby.

As I heard that story, I thought about just how much we in this world today are doing the exact same thing. Around this time of the year that we celebrate called Christmas, many times we get such wrapped up (no pun intended) in all the Christmas dinners and baking and family and friends over and gift-giving and last minute Christmas shopping and decorating and even church activities, not that there’s anything wrong with those things, but sometimes we get such involved in those activities that we forget about the real reason we celebrate the Christmas season. We forget about the baby!


Luke 1:26-38 Consequences Faith and Obedience

This morning we talked about Mary’s obedience now I want to expand on that by examining something of the consequences, the faith and the obedience involved.

Mary’s response is one of consequence, faith, and obedience.

CONSEQUENCES

The consequences were numerous in her culture. She was a virgin but what person would honestly believe that claim in a few months time. She would be considered at best to have slept prematurely with Joseph (who himself would be blacklisted as a sinner) and at worst she would be considered unfaithful altogether – endangering her marriage.

Either way the Law allowed for her to be put to death. Fornication is a crime worthy of capital punishment and every soul in town would have considered her worthy of the penalty.

Both of these consequences came to pass. As for the latter situation, this is what happened with Joseph. Joseph thought she had been unfaithful to him and he prepared to separate from her in a divorce. Even though they had not been officially married they were engaged and the engagement in first century Judaism was just as legally binding as marriage so it demanded a divorce certificate.

It was only mercy on Joseph’s part that moved him towards a simple quiet divorce instead of public ridicule, shame and death. He had every right to have her put to death for her apparent crime. Yet he opted for grace and mercy.

As for the former consequence, in which it would be assumed that Mary and Joseph had joined prior to marriage – that also seems to have happened. for in John 8:41 the crowd seems to accuse Jesus of being conceived outside of marriage…

John 8:41 "You are doing the deeds of your father." They said to Him, "We were not born of