VBC Sunday Evening Service 12-16-18
Thank you bibles If you want to go with me to Matthew chapter 1 as you chapter 1 I just want to go through the Christmas story with you just a little bit. Tonight. Well, I thought they did a good job with a music. Those kids were great weren't they? Have a round of applause for your. I thought the idea good.
and then those older people but still very young be very careful those older people at saying they did great too and I was proud of them now going me if you would to the Book of Matthew chapter 1. You know the you know the story, you know, the story of Christmas is fantastic It's a Wonderful story to Matthew chapter 1 and verse 18 has got to be the cutest picture in a church in America.
I've had in a long time. Thank you very much Matthew chapter 1 Matthew chapter 1 and verse 18, you know that when we celebrate Christmas, we're celebrating God loving us and we celebrate Christmas. We're celebrating. God coming to Earth and God being willing to save us and so what happened there in Bethlehem.
And what happened there when that little baby was born it would seem like just a Christmas baby and all the pictures and stories that you see in Matthew chapter 1. I just want you to Circle in verse 18. The Bible says found with child of the Holy Ghost. I need you to mark that you see. Jesus came to this earth like no other human has come to this earth and Jesus was God in human flesh.
He came to this Earth on purpose intentionally from heaven. What the Bible story is legitimately and I me just destroy all my notes and just talk to you but the loud the storied legitimately is that God has always existed and there was never a beginning of God and there never will be an end of God and then God one day.
Which aren't any days at that time but some time back in eternity past about six or seven thousand years ago. God decided to make man and God made man. He stands outside of time. He has no time. He's Limitless. He doesn't know any boundaries at all. He is God. He is everywhere in all powerful and God made the human race.
And he made the human race he put them in this ideal environment. He put him in a place called The Garden of Eden. It was an ideal environment and they could have lived forever and that Garden of Eden that they had that opportunity had they so. Chosen, they were told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, but then they were child.
They were told to eat of any other tree in the garden and in the middle of that Garden was a tree called the tree of life that will be waiting on us when we get to heaven and that was a place they would they could have lived but they chose to disobey God and Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and do exactly what he told them not to do which reminds me of me.
Because I typically before I was saved especially but even now I'm typically not going to always do the right thing. I'm not typically always going to be the guy that does everything all to do and I stand in need of Mercy. And help and so man rebelled against God and when he did a curse was placed on the Earth all of a sudden this beautiful garden they were cast out of this garden and they were put forth out of this blessing place that God had for them and they were put forth basically to live in the wild and and God made the ground bring forth thorns, and he made man have to sweat to earn his bread and he made woman have to have.
Child pain when she gave a baby in the human race had been living in his very blessing place of God was all of a sudden thrown out on their own in Rebellion against God they lived out there, but God loved them and even before they were totally out of the garden God. Came down. Jesus came down the crossbow pre-existed the one before he was born.
He came down to man and he covered their sin right there in the Garden of Eden and he even even their way back. Then there was a lamb killed to cover their sin to cover their nakedness and to give make them whole again and so for the next four thousand years. There was a story being told by every preacher that existed every preacher of the word of God that exists in Road preach the went one day one day God sending this ra savior to the Earth.
One day. God will save us one day. God will come and God will do that. And so for Thousand Years there by the way in the Old Testament of the Bible hundreds of years before anybody knew anything God already wrote down all sorts of promises. He wrote down the promises of where he would be born. He wrote down the promises of what his title would be he wrote down Promises of where he would live and.
Mark is when some wise being came looking for Jesus they came to King Herod. They said the King Herod Herod. We have come to seek this King and King Herod said I don't know anything about a king besides me. What are y'all doing talking about a king besides me and they said that we've come to seek the king.
And he turns to the guys who had a copy of the Old Testament the guys who had the 39 books that we call the Old Testament our Bible and he said hey fellas, they claim are Zach incoming and the guys ran back in the room got their Bibles out search ceballos came back in said, yep. It says that in the Bible.
We had been paying attention to it, but it says that in the Bible and he's going to be born in a place called Bethlehem. You've heard the story of the wise men that weren't three with the wise men and they go down there and so on in the child that was born was a miraculous child because the child had been prophesied for like 4,000 years and the child that was born was a miraculous child because he wasn't born by one human and another human.
It wasn't a man and a. God did something extremely unique and Mary wakes up realizing. Hey, I'm pregnant and I never been with a man. I'm going to have a baby and I didn't do anything and nothing's been done to me except what God did now look at your Bible to Matthew Chapter 1 Verse 18 or 21 Matthew chapter 1 and verse 21 the Bible says and she shall bring forth a son.
And thou shalt call his name Jesus for he shall save his people from their sins. So when all this is going on Mary is Mary finds out. She's pregnant and it blows her mind how in the world did this happen? And so an angel has to come and explain to her you didn't do this. God did and then Joseph the dad supposedly said that the man who's going to marry her finds out that the woman he's engaged who's pregnant and he's like whoa.
Whoa, whoa. Whoa, my wife can't be getting pregnant. I'm she's not with me how this go about so he says I know what I'll do. I'm going to get a I want to divorce her, but I will do it privately. I don't want to embarrass her. I really do love her, but she can't be that disloyal to me. She can't do such a thing to me and that.
Done to get pregnant like that and while he's thinking that an angel from God comes to say Joseph calm down calm down. This is the most unique situation you've ever heard of us from about to tell you you're not even going to believe but she's not got a baby from doing something wrong God's bringing that special baby that you've been hearing about since the Old Testament into the world.
The story was so told to Adam and Eve listen to this the story was so told to Adam and Eve. That there would be a man shall come to the Earth and that that man child would would Stomp the head of Satan that when Eve got pregnant the next time and it was a boy baby. She said I got a man a man child from the Lord that it wasn't him.
Because they were looking for the Savior, but the reason he came was because sin is when you do whatever you want to do whenever I do what I don't want to do everybody's got their own definition of sin. Everybody's like this one I think seeing is well, here's what's in his sins when you do what you want to do and I will God wants you to do.
God has a plan and I got a plan and God's plan is good and my plans what God calls sin. So I say God, I don't really like the way you will do things. Like I like the way I want to do things. Like I said, no that's in and that brings judgment and that brings death on you. But God loves you and God loved me and that's the real story of everything.
He goes on a Christmas. God loved us. He wanted everybody to be saved and Matthew 1:21. That baby is going to be called Jesus. That's his human name. That's his Earthly name, but you need to underline what he's going to do. He's going to save people from their sin. He's going to rescue people from their Rebellion.
He's going to take people that have ruined their lives and he's going to fix their. That's what he did for us. He gave us new life. He gave us new life. He does it for everybody goes a little bit further. I want you go to verse 23 Matthew chapter 1 and verse 23, it's just introduction. Just let you see the storage such a beautiful story.
It's the story it's the center of everything in our life in our world and Matthew chapter 1 and verse 23 says Behold a virgin shall be with child. And she shall bring forth a son and here's what I want you to call him. Now one of his name's is Jesus like Savior and his other name is Emmanuel, which means God With Us now you have to stop and think just a second about that.
In the very beginning they were with God. In the very beginning they were in God's Garden in the very beginning. The Bible says that he came down and walked with them in the cool of the evening. So if you can imagine Sunset and Jesus shows up, he Adam and Eve, let's take a stroll. What you think of them apples?
How you like those peaches check out that giraffe. I made I made this wonderful garden for you and they lived with God and the story of the entire Bible is how to get us back to where we were in the beginning because when God made us we were with him, but we chose to walk away from him. Say you want to get saved and rescued what's happening.
God's taking you away from what you did and putting you back where you ought to be. So this child was born in his name would be called Emmanuel. Which means god with us. It's the. All through your Bible you'll hear that same idea. I'll do the Bible. Guess what he did when he built the Tabernacle and those of you who study are we study our Bibles in the Old Testament?
He built that Tabernacle you want to Tabernacles for he said Jews you're going to build a tabernacle. I'm going to Tabernacle with you. I'm going to spend time with you. His whole thing was God loves us and God wants to be with us and God. It's all about God and his love for us and what God was doing on the cross of Calvary.
He comes tear for us. So he. Came, why did he come? You know what happened? Our sin separated us from our God for Bible verses for those of you are going to say don't tell me a story Isaiah chapter 59 and verse 2 says your iniquities have separated you between you and your God your sins have hid his face from you that he will not hear you because I sin because I rebelled against God in all honesty got didn't turn his back on me.
I'll turn my back on God in all honesty. God hadn't moved. I moved in all honesty God's been there. He doesn't go anywhere. But basically we were facing God and say God. I love you. And then one day I said, I'd really like to do things my way. I want to live life my way. I want to do what pleases me and we turned our backs and walked away and all of a sudden there's this distance between us God doesn't want that to happen, but when you live in sin, When you live in rebellion, and when you do what you want to do biblically, there are consequences.
Sin is not free and sin is not cheap. The Bible says in John 3:36. He that believes on the son has Everlasting eternal life. So when a person says you know what I'm not going to believe in Austin me, I'm not gonna believe in myself anymore. I'm going to believe in him and they turn and say I believe you when they believe him.
God says you're back. You have eternal life. I'm taking you back. That's beautiful until a man. That's only half the verse look at John 3:36. He that believes on the son hath everlasting life, but now listen. Some of you and some people around the world have chosen not to believe on the son. And you might even say something like well, I don't think that's your opinion and I don't need to believe on him.
You can believe what you want to believe and I believe what I want to believe in that might be true if we were talking about human things and if we were talking about politics or if we were talking about produce or if we were talking about buying a house, you could all that we could all have our opinions.
We're not talking about that. We're talking about God. Look what it says in John 3:36. You know, when we say God we're saying Creator we say God we're saying lord of the universe. We say God we're saying the guy who made us he that believes on the son hath everlasting life. He that believes not the son shall not see life.
I'd like you to underline that your body will just a second. I want you to think about it with me. If you don't believe you won't see life. What do we call that death? What do we call Life Heaven? What do we call death? Hell well, we call Life the presence of God. What are you called? What are we call the opposite of life eternal death of place called the Lake of Fire in Revelation chapter 20 verses 11 through 15.
There will be people and God will open the books and he will look and say these believed and these didn't believe and he'll find those who believed and they'll live forever and those whose names aren't in Les book of life will be cast. Is that Lake of Fire? I need to say the hardest part of the story.
You see when we sinned against God.
We angered him. You can't do what you want to do. You don't have a right to tell God. I mean, that's because he's God. He's the maker John 3:36. Your Bible says he that believes on the son hath everlasting life. He that believeth not the son shall not see life. But this is horrible part of the verse the wrath of God the anger of God abides on him.
So if a person doesn't trust Christ, they will get the opposite of blessing. They'll get the wrath of God that always say something to me more than I could ever explain to you because only I'm saved and I know the majority of you in this room have already placed your faith and trust in Christ. If you know, you're going to go to heaven when you die, that's where World evangelism comes in because if they don't believe the wrath of God abides on them and they need someone to tell them the truth so they can be saved.
The reason we would help a church in in the Bronx has because people that live in the Bronx need to know that they can go to heaven. When they die. And here's what's going on. Jesus came to Earth he was born of a virgin all that Christmas Story and he came for one reason to call people like us sinners to be saved won't you look with me if you would at Luke chapter 5 verse 31 and 32 Luke chapter 5 verse 31 and 32.
Now, let's see what happens in Luke Chapter 5 and verse 31. Jesus is making it clear see some of us. We kind of get proud and pompous and arrogant. We begin to think we're better than other people. We begin to think that we're doing good. We begin to think well, some people really need God those drug addicts need God those drunkards need God those prostitutes need God those people that are addicted to porn they may need God, but I'm a good family man, and I'm a good shape and I and I pay my bills I take care of my family and I don't.
God so here's what Jesus said. He said they that are whole need not a physician. So he gave us the Old Testament and he gave us all those things about what is sin. So I'd know I was in need see when you read the Bible. It says Thou shalt not kill and actually Jesus said that even means you can't have Hate in Your Heart towards someone.
Thou shalt not commit adultery that means you can't even look at a woman to think about every one of those things was to say you sure you can't lie. He was said find that you are sick that you need help because you can't get saved. If you don't need a savior you can't get rescued if you don't need a rescuer so he gave us all that Bible truth so we could realize.
So it says in verse 31 the whole need not a physician, but they that are sick, you know needs a doctor somebody who's sick. I don't even like doctors unless I'm sick fact is what I'm sick. I'm not sure. I like doctors when they start pulling May weigh 260 70 pounds, but when they pull out a needle I shrink down to about 25 pounds and and when they tell me they're going to do all those things to me.
I'm not that happy about. But you see when you get sick enough. You don't care. You're like I don't care. I don't know I can take the embarrassment. I need help and we go get help and that's exactly what happens in the verse Jesus a healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people need a doctor and then the next verse.
Jesus makes it real clear. He said I came not to call Righteous. I'd came not to call right people. I came not to call perfect people like him not to call good people but sinners. To repentance, you know the hard thing about the gospel sometimes for some people that live in an area like we live in make the kind of money.
We make Drive the kind of cars we drive and where the kind of clothes we wear is we can begin to think I'm in those poor people in Africa. I'm sure they need this message, but we're pretty good people over here and we always help everybody and we're great people and we could have that attitude and here's what Jesus and say.
Well I can't help you because you don't need help. But if you could realize you need help if you could realize you have sinned against the holy God if you could realize that your sin separated you from God if you could realize it's in brings judgment, you could have helped. He said he came to call Sinners to repentance.
That's pretty good. You know, that means that every one of us that are believers. We all came in on the same footing we all came in on the same level every one of us came in here. No one is I need help. I need help, you know where AAA got the whole idea of having Church from church because they like they go in their little meeting and they need help.
Well, we all came saying that but we didn't just get to keep having the same problem. We got victory over the problem. We got new life and he took all that away. I got one more verse and I'll close. A whole Christmas Story God leaving all of his riches Jesus God Seated on his throne. Jesus is at his right hand angels are all around him.
Praise him all the time. They're constantly singing. Holy holy holy Lord. God Almighty, you are worthy of praise. You are worthy and they're bragging on Jesus whole time and God the Father. And God the Son and the Holy Spirit of God all the godhead together said we love humans. Somebody told me the other day.
If God would send his son to die. He's not a nice father. But you know what Jesus was the author and the finisher God didn't make him come Jesus wanted to come God didn't write the plan. But Jesus wrote the plan and Jesus fulfill the plan but the father was happy with the plan because the father said I want him to come to hell.
I wanted to come to Heaven. I want that relationship back with them. So the Bible says in Romans chapter 5 and verse 8 God commended his love toward us. And while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. You know the beautiful thing everybody likes Christmas. My family was having family of the gardener part of the family of my brother and my sister and we're all gathered together our house yesterday, and we're all sitting in the living room.
And there's like 40 people running around the house and there's all kinds of Racket and I'm old and cantankerous anyway. And then I looked around by the side the Christmas tree with all the presents under than all the kids are clamoring and touching presence and I said go play somewhere else in my sister yelled and said, yeah no presents today as like me and we're screwed around here.
Anyway, it's you know, you know what happened the real gift it and some cheesy something you bought made by some cheap purses going to tear up in two days. It's Jesus came and died on the cross. The Bible says Romans 5:8 God commended God showed God demonstrated. God put on display. He loves you.
He loves you. God commended his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners while we were still sinning. God didn't wait for you to turn over a new Leaf. God didn't wait for you to fix anything. He said I like you just like you are watch me save you if you'll trust me while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
You can be saved today. If you don't know Jesus you can be saved if you're hearing your visit and you can be saved if you're a born again believer. How can we not tell people about that? How can we not share that with our neighbors? How can we not share that with our friends? How can we not send missionaries around the world to announce this great thing to announce that the god of Heaven loves everyone for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.