Today’s message summary of December 10, 2017 from Pastor Gus Brown:
Jesus came into human form to fulfill the role of the Second Adam. Both Jesus and Adam did not have earthly fathers. Adam, in the same way, was created without sin.
God made the covenant with Himself through Abraham to multiply him throughout the earth. God, through Jesus Christ, made the new covenant with His people to provide salvation.
Jesus came in human form to fulfill what God had declared and to be with His people.
Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.
I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.
His name will be Jesus, the Son of the most High. He will have the throne of David and reign over the house of Jacob (2 Samuel 7:16, 29).
Jesus was in Joseph’s family line (Luke 3:31; Matthew 1:1, 6; Acts 2:29-30, 13:22-23, 36-39)
“Brothers, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: He is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing this in advance, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah: He was not left in Hades, and His flesh did not experience decay. “God has resurrected this Jesus. We are all witnesses of this.”
Note that David, who was a king, was promised that someone would follow him who was always going to be on the throne.
Jesus is a real king. He is King of kings.
1 Timothy 6:15-16
God will bring this about in His own time. He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; no one has seen or can see Him, to Him be honor and eternal might. Amen.
Therefore he also says in another passage, You will not let your Holy One see decay. For David, after serving God’s purpose in his own generation, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and decayed, but the one God raised up did not decay. Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers and sisters, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you. Everyone who believes is justified through him from everything that you could not be justified from through the law of Moses.
These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.
God will always honor His Word.
While many will wonder how God could allow Himself to become a human (in its flesh and frailty, with pain and suffering), we have His Word that explains it. It is a fulfillment of His promise for us.
We will be able to identify Jesus with the marks on His glorified body. He is a Spirit. Why does He need a human body?
God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
What is a spirit? We really can’t explain it. But this God, who is a spirit, chose to put on a fleshly body. The fleshly body allows for us to see Him, His life, His works, and His accomplishments
1 John 1:1-3
What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us—what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Jesus became that which was something that was seen and that he existed. He was seen as a person, and not as a myth.
How do you touch a spirit? Can you touch it?
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Your new birth in Jesus Christ does not come from man. The first birth was from humans, and the second birth comes from God.
The Word, Jesus Christ, took on flesh according to God’s will.
Spiritual life comes only from God; therefore, the life of Jesus could only come from God.
Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?” The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”
As man was involved, there would be a sin nature because of Adam’s sin. That is why all of man is now born in sin and with a sinful nature.
2 Corinthians 5:21
He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
1 Peter 2:21-23
For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly.
1 John 3:5
You know that he was revealed so that he might take away sins, and there is no sin in him.
Otherwise, he would have had to suffer many times since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared one time, at the end of the ages, for the removal of sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Jesus was created in every way like a human being, except without sin. It allowed for Him to be our High Priest who would represent all of us and to go before God without blemish to be our sacrifice. Only in the flesh could Jesus suffer what Adam did.
He made His dwelling among us. He wanted to be seen by all of humanity in order that people would see how he lived (1 John 1:1).
For since he himself has suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin.
Genesis 3:8-11, 23
Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. So the Lord God called out to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”
And he said, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
So the Lord God sent him away from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
Both Adam and Jesus Christ had experience separation from God. Adam experienced it in the Garden (and he was banished from the garden), and Jesus did so on the cross when He took on the sin of everyone. There had to be even a sense of loss for both at that moment.
From noon until three in the afternoon[a] darkness came over the whole land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
After His sacrifice on the cross, Jesus restores all of mankind, and what Adam had lost because of sin. You and I today, while we have broken fellowship with God, can experience a renewal of fellowship with Him because of forgiveness. In His flesh, Jesus Christ restores us in order that we can have fellowship with God. One day, we will see Him with our own eyes!
1 John 3:1-3
See what great love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children—and we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know him. Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure.