Friday, May 16, 2008

Are you His? (A Christmas Sermon)

Are you His?

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Luke 2:10, 11

And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Emmanuel, “GOD WITH US”

Matt. 1:23

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Matt. 1:21

Fear not! Let us not be wearied with trivial things during this celebration of our Savior’s birth. Let us set aside every concern of finances or scheduling, of remembering gifts for every person, or whatever it may be that seems to burden our lives as if nothing else matters. There is only one question that should concern us now and every day; only one question that can not remain unanswered. A question, whose answer each one of us will face, no matter how hard we may try to avoid it.

Are you His?

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The scripture clearly says that Jesus will save his people from their sins: but what if you’re not his? Are you his?

What does it mean to be saved from your sins? What danger is there? What could be so awful that we would need someone to deliver us from it? You may say I know of nothing that I am currently afraid of. I’m sure there are others in need of rescuing… I’m glad Jesus is there for them.

Let me tell you we all have reason to fear. Every one of us has sin that we need saved from. You may say, well what have I done. I’m kind to most people; I do good deeds, help the poor and others in need. I’m sure I’ve made some mistakes but my good surely out weighs the bad. It is true, that may be how you see yourself, but let me share with you how God, a Holy God, sees you. There is none righteous not one: there is none that seeks God. All have gone astray. All have sinned and fell short of the glory of God.

Yes, I’ve made mistakes but what of the good I have done. The Lord declares that all your righteousness is as filthy rags. You’ve done no good in God’s eyes.

But in my heart, my heart is good. I’ve always meant well. God tells us in his own word that the heart of man is desperately wicked. Who can know it? God knows your heart, you don’t. You can listen to your heart as carefully as you can, but it will only tell you lies. The only way we can truly see ourselves for what we really are is through God’s word.

Still not convinced that you are one in need of saving? Let’s look at the commandments. Have you ever lied? It doesn’t matter how big or how small; if it has been many times or only once. If you’ve told a lie then you stand before God as the liar you are.

Have you ever stolen? It doesn’t matter of what value it was. If it wasn’t yours and you took it that makes you a thief, and God sees you as such.

Have you ever committed adultery? Jesus said if you look at a women to lust after her, then you have committed adultery in your heart. There are more adulterers in this room than we’d like to admit.

What about murder? Surely, we can all pass this one…. The bible states that who ever hates his brother is a murderer. How many people have you slayed with your thoughts and your words? In God’s eyes we all have blood on our hands. 1 John 3:15

This is only four of the Ten Commandments, Need we go any further? We could talk of idolatry, honoring our parents, covetousness, but it would only increase the guilt you have already been convicted of.

Well so what! We’re all sinners! Nobody’s perfect. I’m no worse than any one else. What is my sin going to hurt?

Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death,” ….death?

God is a righteous God. He must act justly. If you are guilty of a crime and brought before a judge and proven guilty; if he let you go, ignoring the laws he is supposed to uphold, would this be justice? If he doesn’t apply the law in the face of your guilt, than he would be guilty of breaking the law himself. God must hold you accountable for your sin. He is a holy God and you have sinned against him. You are guilty and the sentence must be carried out. …….and that sentence is death! For the wages of sin is death.

This death is our total separation from God. You will be separated unable to reach out or even hope for God. You will be placed in Hell….and there you will stay in conscious eternal torment. This is the end of the line. There are no more second chances….Only Hell.

Why would God punish us so harshly for sin; because this is the only way to satisfy his wrath? This is his fury poured out for our iniquity.

Then what hope do we have? We are all guilty… I’ll do anything….. There is nothing you can do; you are guilty……….but God knows this.

Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God knew we would all perish on our own, so in his love for us and in his mercy towards us, he gave us a Savior. One who could rescue us from the fate we truly deserve.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

How can Jesus save us? Now is the time that we celebrate Christ’s birth; God coming to us in human flesh. We set out nativity scenes and sing about mangers, but what we need most is the cross. Jesus, our Savior, came for one purpose; and that purpose was to pay the price of our salvation. He came to pay the wages we owe God the Father. On the cross God poured out all his wrath, for all the sins, of all men, on his only begotten Son. For [God] hath made [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him….. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, He bore our sins! He had to suffer because this was the only way he could reconcile liars, thieves, adulterers, murderers, US, with God. Without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Jesus’ blood was shed so that we could be cleansed, so that we could be forgiven.

How do I get Jesus to save me? You have to be his. You must repent, acknowledge your sin before a holy God and turn from it. You must admit that you have sinned and because of it you know you will face God’s wrath. This is crucial. If you don’t realize your sin and it’s awful cost, then you don’t really want a Savior. Christ came to call the sinner to repentance, not the righteous. If you still believe you are righteous, then don’t confess to be a sinner, for this will only be another lie.

Next you must place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross and went to the grave, but he didn’t stay there. Three days later he rose from the dead to be our living Savior, who now is in heaven with God the Father. We must realize that we can do nothing to make ourselves acceptable to God. It is only through Jesus Christ and the price he paid for us that we can be forgiven. He is the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me. To accept Jesus we must first forsake all else. We must surrender all our plans and thoughts; all our pride and faith in ourselves and grab hold of Jesus. For none of those things can help us one bit. They were only the tools of our rebellion against God. As a soldier defeated we must lay down our arms and commit ourselves to the only one who can save us. But in this surrender there is nothing to fear. When we give ourselves to Jesus, there is no more fear of perishing, no more fear of death. When we are his, we will be his forever.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

This Christmas I ask you only one thing. Are you his? If you aren’t; then you will not be saved. There is no reason to celebrate Jesus’ birth. He is not your Savior.

If you are his, rejoice! You are saved already. There is nothing for you to fear. Your wages have been paid; the account has been washed clean. You have passed from death to everlasting life.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Are you His?


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