Today’s message summary of December 9, 2018 from Pastor Gus Brown:
There is a difference between Christmas past and Christmas present. Much of Christmas today is less about Jesus and more about one’s present life.
This should not be all that surprising. Man still does not want God to be involved with his sin. Christmas is a reminder to us that God is going to be involved. God’s answer to the people’s sin is indeed Jesus Christ.
God says, “Here I am.” God is with us. Immanuel.
We will find ourselves dealing with our sin in our own way. What we will call righteous will often be wrong.
Three words to hold onto today:
Love is meant to be unconditional.
Love is not be confused with media or what we see on television. Love is a commitment.
Responsibility is that to which you have made, created or given your life to.
Parents are responsible to their children. As they get older, that responsibility lessens, but it still remains as a family commitment.
A gift is what you do for someone else. Gifts are voluntary and require a commitment to show someone how much you care.
There was a time when Christmas sights and sounds filled the community, but we are now losing Jesus in this Christmas story. Why?
People still want to deal with sin in their own way.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
Jesus Christ, even though He was born as a Jew, He was given to all people. This message is for Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, as well.
One God and One Savior for all.
Many would prefer that God not be involved with their lives and that they will handle it.
God does not expect you to stay in one place. He wants to see you grow in your life as you learn more about Christ.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
They knew that they had sinned, just as we know when we sin. Adam and Eve tried to cover it up, but it didn’t work, of course. Sewing fig leaves was all that they could muster. Note that how they tried to cover their sin by working through it.
Their thought was to cover their sin, but God made them still see it for what it was.
The covering was not adequate, suitable or sufficient for them.
We are reminded:
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.
Now let’s look again at love, responsibility, and a gift.
The Lord God made clothing from skins for the man and his wife, and he clothed them.
God made their clothing to provide what they would really need. His provision was far greater than what Adam had made. God gave what they needed, and not what they wanted.
God sacrifices something else to cover their sin. He made their clothing from skins of animals. He sacrificed from what was innocent to make this clothing.
God clothed them. It was His act of righteousness. It was His gift to them.
You cannot put on the holiness or righteousness of God. Jesus has to be the One to provide this for you.
The ultimate sacrifice of the Lamb of God is what Jesus represents for us. His sacrifice was for all of us. Eternal life is not something that we receive as a gift when we trust in Jesus Christ.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell the Israelites: When someone sins unintentionally against any of the Lord’s commands and does anything prohibited by them—“If the anointed priest sins, bringing guilt on the people, he is to present to the Lord a young, unblemished bull as a sin[a] offering for the sin he has committed.
If the high priest sins, he brings guilt on the people because of his influence and because he is an example to others.
Who among you can convict me of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?
Can anyone prove Jesus, our true High Priest, to be guilty of sin?
Jesus Christ is without sin. He does not lie. He is without sin. God holds Himself accountable for truth.
Jesus is our High Priest who took upon sin for us. He is the blameless Sacrifice for us.
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 1:18-19
For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.
1 Peter 2:22-23
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.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to our confession. 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.
Now many have become Levitical priests, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. But because he remains forever, he holds his priesthood permanently. Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, since he always lives to intercede for them. For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He doesn’t need to offer sacrifices every day, as high priests do—first for their own sins, then for those of the people. He did this once for all time when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who are weak, but the promise of the oath, which came after the law, appoints a Son, who has been perfected forever.
He will present us to the Father as being without blemish because He has clothed us with His holiness. His sacrifice was once and for all, for all time.
1 Samuel 2:25a
If one person sins against another, God can interceded for him, but if a person sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?
1 John 2:1
My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father–Jesus Christ the righteous one.
We have an Advocate in Jesus Christ who speaks, on our behalf, to the Father.
Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousand streams of oil? Should I give my firstborn for my transgression, the offspring of my body for my own sin? Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.
God has showed you what you need to do in order to have a relationship with Him. He wants you to have more than just fire insurance. Man will try to cover his own sin, but Samuel said it is better to obey God than to make sacrifices (1 Samuel 15:22). Jesus demonstrated this obedience to God even unto death on the cross for us. The wages of sin is death, and Jesus paid that price for each of us.
Jesus was, and is, without blemish. When we think of Christmas, we are to remember what Jesus has done for us in response to our sin.
See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”