Christmas Sermon: DELIVERED FROM THE CURSE (Audio Sermon)

You are looking for happiness. Jesus is born for you. He is the true satisfaction of every human heart, for those who would receive him this happy day.
Can you recognize the cry of your own heart? Can you recognize the deepest longing of your existence? Can you hear yourself cry out: “DELIVER ME FROM THE CURSE!” And this day would you please hear Him respond: “I HAVE SENT MY SON!”

Christmas 2012

SERMON: Delivered From the Curse

Merry Christmas!

Oh, how I have been longing for this day!

Jesus is born for us!

God becomes one of us, so that we might become one with Him!

Jesus takes on our humanity so that we can partake in his divinity!

Heaven takes on flesh so that we, made of flesh, can go to Heaven!

This is our salvation!  That Jesus Christ is born for us!

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I know a lady, maybe you know her too; she was looking to be loved.  She couldn’t find someone to love her.  She heard some good news about some medicine that would make people love her.  It would make her pretty, it would make her attractive, it would make her lovable.  She took that medicine, and people started to take notice of her.  And she liked it.  But as much as she was loved, she was never satisfied.

I know a guy, maybe you know him too; he was looking to make it big.  He couldn’t seem to get the success he wanted.  He heard some good news about some ways that would give him success.  Networks of people, long hours of labor, cutting corners here, stepping on people there.  Oh, he has become successful.  And he likes it.  But as successful as he is, he is not satisfied.

I know some other people, maybe you know them too: they’re looking to be honored; they’re looking for an escape; they’re looking for happiness.  They’ve heard some good news about finding this honor, this escape, this happiness.  They’ve heard of the pills, the drugs, the medicines, the ways, the techniques, the self helps, the fillers.  And it looked like it was going to help.  And it did, kind of.  But as much as it has helped, finding this honor, this escape, this happiness, it hasn’t been quite enough.  It hasn’t yet satisfied the deepest place in them.

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One has been born this night who will love you.

One has been born this night who will give you true success.

One has been born this night who will bring you honor, who will provide an escape, who will bring you happiness, who will satisfy the deepest place in you!

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Why do we hear all those peoples’ names at the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew?

Because everything started with Adam and Eve, our first parents.

Ever since their disobedience in the garden, humanity has been under a curse.

And ever since they cursed humanity, God has promised to lift that curse.

And in Christ Jesus, God has lifted that curse!

So when we hear all those names, we are hearing the desperate cry of humanity, age after age after age, crying out: “DELIVER US FROM THE CURSE!”

And when we hear all those names, we hear God respond: “I’M SENDING MY SON!”

God made a pact with Adam, and a promise to send a savior: “I will put enmity between you [serpent] and the woman, between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel,” foreshadowing the victory of Jesus over sin, over the devil, and over death.

God made a pact with Noah, promising to rescue man from the waters and the abyss of the flood by the wood of an ark, foreshadowing how God would rescue man from the flood of sin and the abyss of Hell by the wood of the Cross of Christ.

God made a pact with Abraham, promising a long line of descendents and land, foreshadowing the redeemed who would inherit and possess the eternal land of Heaven.

God made a pact with Moses, promising that the nation of Israel would be God’s people, and He would be their God.  They would follow his laws, foreshadowing the new law to be written on their hearts in Christ.

God made a pact with David, promising a kingdom which would know no end, foreshadowing the Kingdom of Jesus, whose reign knows no end.

God then made a promise through the prophets, that there was someone coming.  One who would lift that curse brought on by Adam.  One who would be the ark to save us from the flood of sin and the fires of Hell.  One who would make us fruitful.  One who would write the law on our hearts.  One who would bring us into His kingdom.  One who would come, one who would save.  One who would rescue us.

So we read all those names, hearing the generations cry out:

“DELIVER US FROM THE CURSE”

and God responds: “I’M SENDING MY SON!”

From Abraham to David, fourteen generations cry out:

“DELIVER US FROM THE CURSE!”

and God responds: “I’M SENDING MY SON!”

From David to the exile, fourteen generations cry out:

“DELIVER US FROM THE CURSE!”

and God responds: “I’M SENDING MY SON!”

From the exile to the Messiah, fourteen generations cry out:

“DELIVER US FROM THE CURSE!

and God responds: “I’M SENDING MY SON!”

…and we hear the final response… God speaks over us: “Jacob became the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.  Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.”  We are delivered from the curse, in Christ Jesus born for us!

Brothers and sisters:

You are looking to be loved.  Jesus is born for you.  He is here to love you.

You are looking for success.  Jesus is born for you.  He has won victory over sin, over the devil, and over death, for you.

You are looking for honor.  Jesus is born for you.  He is the King of Heaven, and will bring you into his royal court.

You are looking for an escape.  Jesus is born for you.  He will deliver you from your enemies.  He will provide a safe haven where you can find rest.

You are looking for happiness.  Jesus is born for you.  He is the true satisfaction of every human heart, for those who would receive him this happy day.

Can you recognize the cry of your own heart?  Can you recognize the deepest longing of your existence?  Can you hear yourself cry out: “DELIVER ME FROM THE CURSE!”  And this day would you please hear Him respond: “I HAVE SENT MY SON!”