Below is a copy of a sermon I recently preached. I hope you'll take a few minutes to read it and consider again, what child is this?
Who do YOU say this child is?
Is Jesus a lunatic, liar, or the Truth of the ages?
Is Jesus someone you respect and admire or your Savior you follow?
Is Jesus a good man or the Son of Man?
Is Jesus a felt board characture who was always perched on a rock dispensing wise sayings or God in flesh, who lived among his people, was hungry and thirsty and got dirt under his nails because he (according to Scripture) made his dwelling among his people?
O tell me, What Child is This?
Jesus is God revealed throughout the entire Bible...
Genesis – Jesus is our Creator and the Breath of Life
Exodus – He is the Passover Lamb
Leviticus – High Priest
Numbers – Water in the desert and Fire by Night
Deuteronomy – He is our Eagles wings of deliverance
Joshua – Commander of the army of the Lord
Judges – He is the Lord of Peace
Ruth – He is our Redeemer
1 Samuel –He is the Prophet, Priest and King
2 Samuel – Rock of Salvation
1 Kings – Builder of a temple that will never fall
2 Kings – He is the reigning King
1 Chronicles – Son of David that is coming to rule
2 Chronicles – the King who reigns eternally
Ezra – Priest proclaiming freedom
Nehemiah – the One who restores what is broken
Esther – Protector of his people
Job – Mediator between God and man
Psalms – He is our song in the morning and in the night
Proverbs – our Wisdom and Strong Tower!
Ecclesiastes – our meaning for life
Song of Solomon – Author of faithful love
Isaiah – He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace
Jeremiah – the weeping Messiah
Lamentations – He assumes God’s wrath for us
Ezekiel – Son of Man
Daniel – He is the Son of God with us in the fiery furnace
Hosea – Faithful husband even when we run away
Joel – He is the baptizer of the Holy Spirit
Amos – delivers justice to the oppressed
Obadiah – He is Mighty to Save
Jonah – The great missionary
Micah – He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness
Nahum – He proclaims future world peace
Habakkuk – He crushes injustice
Zephaniah – He’s the Warrior who saves
Haggai – He restores our worship
Zechariah – He is Lord and King over all the earth
Malachi – Sun of righteousness who brings healing
Matthew – The Messiah who is King
Mark – The Messiah who is a Servant
Luke – The Messiah who is a Deliverer
John – The Messiah who is a God in the flesh
Acts – The Spirit who dwells in His people
Romans – The Power of God unto salvation
1 Corinthians – He is the Power of Love, our conqueror over death and Our resurrection!
2 Corinthians – He is the down payment of what’s to come
Galatians – He is our inheritance and our Freedom!
Ephesians – He is our peace at the right hand of the Father
Philippians – He is the God that supplies all our needs and the Servant’s heart
Colossians – He holds the supreme position in all things
1 Thessalonians – He is our comfort in the last days
2 Thessalonians – He is our returning King
1 Timothy – He is our Crown of Righteousness
2 Timothy – He is Christ our Helper
Titus – He is our Hope
Philemon – He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother
Hebrews – He is our High Priest
James – He is the Great Physician
1 Peter – He is our hope in times of suffering
2 Peter – He is the restorer of all things
1 John – He is our Love and Light
2 John – He is Christ come in the flesh
3 John – He is our prosperity, health and peace
Jude – Jesus is the Lord coming with 10,000 of his believers
AND in the Revelation, in the very end, when it's all over, said and done, when time is NO MORE. He is and will always be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who will make all things new, Prince of Peace, son of Man, Lamb of God, The Great I am, Alpha and Omega, The Beginning and the End, God and Savior He is Jesus Christ the Lord HE IS EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED!
Oh let me ask you again: What Child is This?
He is the First the Last, the Beginning and the End.
He’s the Keeper of creation and the Creator of all.
He is the Architect of the universe and the Manager of all time.
He always was, always is, always will be. . . unmoved, unchanged,undefeated and never undone.He was bruised, but brought healing;
He was pierced, but eased pain;
He was persecuted, but brought freedom;
He was dead, and brings life.He is risen to bring power and He reigns to bring peace.
The world can’t understand Him, armies can’t defeat Him, schools can’t explain Him and leaders- they can’t ignore Him.
Herod couldn’t kill Him; Nero couldn’t crush Him.
The New Age cannot replace Him and Oprah cannot explain Him away.
You can remind yourself that: He is life, He is love, He is longevity, and He is the Lord.
He is goodness and kindness and faithfulness and He is God.
He is holy and righteous and powerful and pure.
His ways are right, His Word eternal, His will unchanging and His mind is on us.
He’s our Saviour, our Guide, our Peace, our Joy, our Comfort, our Lord, and He rules our lives.
Oh, what Child is this?
Priscilla Shirer answered this way:
He is the One whose bond is love
His yoke is easy
His burden is light, and His goal for us is adundant life.
He’s the wisdom of the wise
the power of the powerful
the Ancient of Days
the Ruler of rulers
the Leader of all leaders.
His goal is a relationship with me.
He’ll never leave you, never forsake you, never mislead you, never forget you, never overlook you,and never cancel you appointment in His appointment book. . . .never.
When you fall,He’ll lift you up.
When you fail, He’ll forgive you.
When you’re weak, He’s strong.
When you’re lost, He is your Way
When you’re afraid, He’s your courage.
When you stumble, He will steady you.
When you’re afraid, He’s your courage.
When you stumble, He will mend you.
When you’re hurt, He’s going to heal you.
When you’re broken, He will feed you.
When you face trials, He is with you.
He’s everything for everyone, everywhere, every time and in every way.
And if YOU have made the decision to follow him, and not just be a fan that admires him from a distance, then He is your God and THAT, dear friend, is WHO. THIS. CHILD. IS!!!!
But just as important it is to know who he is, equally important is how you answer this:
DO YOU KNOW HIM?
I mean really know him!
Not evidenced by the words you speak or the church you attend
Not evidenced by how much money you have or how well you’re liked by others
Not evidenced by the country in which you live or the flag you salute,
Not evidenced by your family heritage or how many good deeds you’ve done
BUT EVIDENCED by you BEING A NEW CREATION, WITH A NEW HEART AND A NEW WAY OF THINKING AND A NEW WAY OF LIVING!
Are you CHANGED?
Do you LOVE or do you HATE?
Do you GIVE or do you TAKE?
Do you FORGIVE instead of SEEKING REVENGE or HARBORING HATRED?
Do you SERVE or do you MAKE DEMANDS?
WHO OR WHAT do you run to when you’re hurt and need comforting?
Does the Bible adorn your living room coffee table or HAVE YOU HIDDEN GOD’S WORD IN YOUR HEART SO THAT YOU MAY NOT SIN AGAINST HIM?
When others investigate the FRUIT of your LIFE what do they see?
Do they SEE:
When others TASTE the FRUIT of your LIFE do they shy away from your SOURNESS or SAVOR YOUR SWEETNESS BECAUSE THE HOLY SPIRIT REIGNS IN YOUR VERY BEING?
My friend, we’ve clearly answered the question WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
NOW let me ask you: WHOSE CHILD ARE YOU?
Ephesians 5:8 says we once walked in DARKNESS, but now we are LIGHT in the LORD, so LIVE AS CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT…
If we reject Christ we belong to Satan himself.
If we accept the free gift of salvation, we are CHILDREN OF THE KING!
Whose child are you?
To watch the message, click here. Merry Christmas!