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Not only is Jesus exalted (Hebrews 1:5-14), he is empathetic (2:5-18). He lived in our world of flesh and bone, fear and pain, hunger and feasting. His incarnation was the path to exaltation. Not only did He humble himself to the point of death, but he stripped the devil of his power and freed us from fear. This sermon encourages us to look to Jesus -- our better king who empathizes with our weaknesses. Not only does He know how we feel, but He can do something about it.
Have you ever found it hard to talk to the Lord and especially hard to talk out loud to Him with another believer? We inherited this from the fall. We find in the following passage that Adam and Eve did not want to talk to God. They were trying to deal with the effects of sin which included not talking to the Lord. And as we look into this passage and the James passage to follow we find that pride is a big part of it. We say we feel uncomfortable or we are shy but the real root is pride that needs to be dealt with. W need to realize that as we resist praying we might find God opposing us. Wow… that is what makes it extra hard. We need to do as James 1 tells us: 7 Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. 10 Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. I have become painfully aware how many believing couples who are married do not pray out loud together. As with Adam and Eve, how can you get close to the Lord and communicate to Him without talking out loud together with Him? This is serious business. Be willing to recognize it and pursue praying out loud together with those key people in your life. Experience Him giving His grace to the Humble.
We don’t get tired of visiting the story of Christ’s birth. I noticed some things this year that I had not really thought about. There are several similar things that happened to Christ that has happened for us as well. Notice, Jesus was born from above and we need to be born again from above as well. The angels rejoiced at His coming and they rejoice when we repent and come to Christ. Christ was filled with the Holy Spirit and we are blessed with His indwelling as believers. He grew up and did not stay a baby nor immature and we are to grow up as well. He was tempted by the devil and tested by God and so are we. He obeyed the Father in all things and we are called to obey Him as well. He lived a sacrificial life and we are called to sacrifice as well. He fulfilled the Law so that it can be fulfilled in us. He died for us and since we died with Him we get to receive His resurrected life. As the Father glorified Christ, Christ allows us to share in His glory. As He was rewarded so also will we. And as He will reign we will be privileged to reign with Him as well. He was not “Just born” at Christmas but He began to live, grow, obey and ultimately die as a perfect sacrifice so that He could take away all the damage sin cause in us and include us in His glory. Let us purse embracing all that has been and will be done for us as He seeks in the New Year to make us more and more like Himself.
1. The Chief Shepherd & His Flock ● Peter’s Exhortation to the Elders: shepherd the flock of God among you (vs1-4) ● Clothe ourselves with humility: and follow godly leadership (v5) 2. Faith & the Fiery Trials of Life ● Humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand: that He may exalt us (vs6-7) ● Be sober-minded & watchful: the devil seeks to devour us (v8) ● Resist the devil: standing firm in our faith (v9) ● the God of all grace will bless us: so we entrust our souls to God who reigns sovereign (vs10-11) 3. Stand Firm in the Grace of God (vs12-14) ● What is the true grace of God? - we are His chosen people - we are His protected witnesses - we will share in His eternal glory ● as chosen exiles: rejoicing now as we await the Second Coming ● witnessing for Christ thru suffering: with humble submission and gospel proclamation