"The Aspirations of Christmas" - Dr. Gary Cass
Topic: Topical Passage: Luke 1:26–38
The Aspirations of Christmas
INFUSION CHURCH 12-19-21
Luke 1:26-38: In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be borne will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
At Christmas, God the Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity, became a man!
John 1:14; The Word became flesh…
Heb 1:1-3: Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…
Luke 1:35: And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God.
One thing everyone knew about God is that He alone is Holy - absolutely perfect, pure and undefiled.
Everything you saw in the Temple was to remind you God was the holy One of Israel.
Lev 11:45; I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”
Lev 19:2 “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.
Isa 8:13: But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
The angel Gabriel from God announced, “Do not be afraid”
O HOLY NIGHT: Sweet hymns of joy, in grateful chorus raise we, Let all within us Praise His Holy name Christ is the Lord; O praise His name forever! His power and glory evermore proclaim
The scandle of Christmas is God unimaginable love for this rebellious and broken world.
The image maker became an image taker.
“you shall call his name Jesus.”
Matt 1:20-21: An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Jesus simply means “Jehovah is salvation.”
Vs. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Father has now given Jesus “the name that is above every name.”
Vs 32-33; And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.
In Christ are fulfilled all the ancient prophecies of a great Savior who would come and recue us from our spiritual death.
He will rule all the nations till he makes them all His footstool.
Isaiah 9:7; Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
2 Cor.5:19; God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.
Romans 3:10: For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11 no one understands; no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” 14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 in their paths are ruin and misery, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
Hab 1:13: Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and you cannot tolerate wrongdoing…
OBJECTION: I thought God is love?
Psalm 100:3; Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his…
John 3:16-18“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God ”
God would come and make His people holy.
ROCK OF AGES by Augustus M. Toplady (1740-1778):
Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law's commands; could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone; thou must save, and thou alone. Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to the cross I cling…
Matt 18:3: And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
God’s gifts of forgiveness and mercy require of us all humble, child-like faith.
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”