- Posted by: Fred Okwir
- Category: Sermons
Christmas Is About The Saviour, The King and Shepherd
As we celebrate Christmas, it is important to know the reason why we do it lest we lose the meaning in the hustle and bustle that accompany the season. There are three key reasons why Jesus came into the world:
- Jesus came to Save Mankind from Sin.
Matthew 1:18-21 NLT
18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
The conception of Jesus was through the power of the Holy Spirit. After assuring Joseph that the child Mary was carrying was of the Holy Spirit, the angel told Joseph not to fear to take Mary home as his wife, for she will have a son and Joseph was to name him Jesus because he would save his people from sin.
There is nothing in the world as deadly as sin. The wickedness that we see in the world today in every area of life is a consequence of sin. Sin has power to destroy (Rom 6:23). Everyone is under the power of sin and all have sinned (Rom 3:23, 5:12).
You cannot just walk away from it. Nothing else could break the power of sin over mankind. It took God’s love to do that:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life John” (3:16 NIV).
So Christ came into the world as a human baby to later on offer his sinless life on the cross as payment for the sins of mankind. Whoever believes in Jesus, repents of his sins and accept the payments that Christ offered on the cross for mankind is saved. saved from what? Saved from the power and the penalty of sin. When one accepts Christ as Lord and Saviour, God’s own life comes into the person through the Holy Spirit:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).
That new life breaks the dominion of sin in one’s life: “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:17-18 NIV).
A man saved from sin who walks in obedience and knowledge of the word of God is a free and a happy man.
- Jesus came to Usher Us Into A Kingdom
Matthew 2:1-6 NIV
1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: 6 “But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
When Jesus was born, the Magi from the east where able to discern a sign in the heavenlies that an extraordinary baby had been born in Israel. We are told that when King Herod heard about this he was greatly disturbed
together with Jerusalem. They all understood that this King was the promised Messiah. So Herod was afraid of what would become of his own power. Jesus had come to establish the Kingdom or the rule of God on earth. The entrance of the Kingdom or rule of God is such a powerful force that Hell does not take it lightly.
That is why we are told that Herod and the whole of Jerusalem was disturbed when they heard of a baby who was born king. That is why when a person gets saved, some of his friends and relatives get disturbed some to the point where they persecute those whom they should have loved.
I believe that the devil who is the prince of this world is the influence behind those disturbances. He did not take for granted the birth of a baby king nor will he take for granted anybody in whom Christ is birthed through salvation however humble the person may seem to be.
The rule of God begins from the heart of those who have accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour and comes out to impact their thought, speech, and actions thus influencing their world in the process. To indicate how important the kingdom is, the first thing Jesus taught his disciples to ask God is for “the Kingdom to come” (Matt 6:9-10).
The gospel of the Kingdom is the means by which the kingdom of God is propagated. When we accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, he ushers us into his Kingdom.
- Jesus came to Shepherd Our Souls
Matthew 2:5-6 NIV
“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
A Shepherd watches over the sheep to give it all the necessary care, i.e. he feeds, protects and guides the sheep. When we are in Christ, we are not alone. He is there watching over our lives to Shepherd us: “For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25 NIV).
Jesus came into the world to shepherd us. If you are already in Jesus then remember why he came. That is what will make your Christian life and every Christmas you celebrate fruitful and meaningful. If you have no personal relationship with Christ, then do something about it. This is because you cannot afford to live without his guidance. Return to him by establishing a relationship with him. You can do that now by saying this simple prayer of commitment written bellow:
“Dear Jesus, I come to you as a sinner. I repent of all my sins. Forgive me. Right now, come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Amen”.
If you said that prayer from your heart, then you are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Find a bible teaching Church near you where you can fellowship in order to grow spiritually. Let me know about your commitment to Christ. God bless.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
General Overseer and Senior Pastor VCCMI
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