VBC Sunday Morning Service 12-16-18
Take your Bibles to go with me to Luke Chapter 2. It is about the cross. It's about Jesus coming to die for us a beautiful song. I've really enjoyed that take your Bible go with me to Luke 2 and I guys I hope we'll put up the words to you on the screen here of Joy to the World. I asked him to sing that first today because I want to talk to you about that song.
I think it expresses. So well what goes on in the scripture when we talk about. Christmas look at a Joy to the World Joy to the World. The Lord is come that one sentence right? There could be an entire month of preaching. You know, we're in the wind the world that we need so much joy, why did we need your because there was pain and you're going to find out in the very in the song.
He's even going to talk about how the world's under a curse. The curse came because of. Sin, and sin in the beginning the Earth was cursed and man was separated from God, but God loved you enough that Jesus came to die on a cross for all of us. Amen. And so it's Joy he comes to give salvation and his Joy to the World.
He comes to save anyone who will put their faith and trust in him. The next thing it says is the Lord is come. He is the Lord. I think sometimes we take that word rather flippantly. We say Lord and Christ and. Both of those are simply titles. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. His human name is Jesus, but the Lord means he is King Lord means he is God lord means he rules and what happens is the king is coming the King.
Jesus is the Lord. He's the one who came and was God made flesh there. The Lord is come the song makes that clear so. Earth receive her King look at that. Let Earth receive her King skip down to the next verse if you would Joy to the World the Savior Reigns, you know, what rains before the Savior Reigns death?
We Face said every human being faces that there was a death in our family this week There's a death and other families this week in our church. There was death everywhere around us world. We were over in we were in New York City just a few days ago were riding down the road in New York City. And one of the people in the car said I haven't seen any graveyards and I said, well you hadn't been watching and then all of a sudden we went by a graveyard be up to hold a city in it because they die everywhere but now does death doesn't have to rain.
The Savior can rain you're going to die you're going to die. You can die once or you can die twice you can die once because physically unless the Rapture happens we're all going to die. But that second death is reserved for those who do not receive Jesus Christ as our savior. I hope that you will trust him and let him be your savior.
Go to the next verse no more let sin. It is no more let sins and Sorrows grow. Thank god, what happened in the garden was Adam and Eve sinned against God and when they sin against God the Earth was cursed and all of a sudden the Thorns infested the ground and the curse came on the earth and so man live by the sweat of his brow and women had pain in childbirth and a lot of different things happen, but when the Lord comes when he comes to set up his kingdom, but.
And the truth is he comes and you can be forgiven and the curse can be overcome. I want you to show that next part where it says curse. He said that you probably sang that in ever think about that. He comes to make His blessings flow far as the curse is found. The curse is your dying. You're dying.
We All Die the curse is this Earth is under the curse of curse is we're far from God the curse. But Jesus came next verse if you would have skipped it. He rules the world with truth and Grace that's going to happen and his Millennial Kingdom when that time comes but, you know the sin rules and kills.
The thief came up for the steal to kill and to destroy John chapter 10, but Jesus has come that you could have life and have it more abundantly. So we come to Christmas time. We start thinking about Christmas and we sing Joy to the World and that's really about Jesus set up his kingdom. But the truth is there is Joy because you know Jesus and if you're here and you know him as your personal savior, you ought to be excited about that.
Well, I can't think about crystals without thinking about world evangelism. Just going to be. Sweetie, the verse says the verse says look at Luke Chapter 2 and verse 10. If you would the verse says in Luke Chapter 2 and verse 10 and the angel said unto them fear not for behold. I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people Good Tidings of great.
Joy, let's just think about that just a second. You know, what was happening. God was allowing the world to know that he was sending his grace. So this world what's Grace now, you do realize that all of us have sinned and all of us all humans deserve to die and go to hell. There's a place for prepared for those who reject God there's a place for those who choose self over God.
There's a place for those who do not trust Jesus Christ as our savior the Bible word Forest Lake of Fire or hell and that's that's a horrible place. But Jesus came that you could know that. There can be salvation. So the angels are there in Luke Chapter 2 and verse 13 in the Bible says suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God and saying glory to God in the highest and on Earth peace and goodwill toward men, you know, what made those angels so happy they knew from eternity past and although they weren't all the way back in eternity.
But before the creation World, they knew that God loves you and that God was making a plan to save you and even when man fell in the. Martin and the angels are looking and they see man sinned against God then you look at how saying youkai's God's good. Why would you rebel against them? Why would you sin against him?
Why would you not be saved and man rebelled against him and the angels are like God. What are you going to do in God's like I will save them. I'm going to send Jesus to die for I will send my son. He's going to die on a cross for him and all of a sudden after all these four thousand years. The angels are like it's happening.
It's happening. Jesus is coming to the Earth. That was foreshadowed author your Old Testament every time they offered a sacrifice. It was about Jesus dying. Every time a lamb was slain. It was about Jesus time and the angels are like Strike Up the Band sing. The song The Savior has really come to the earth.
Look at Luke Chapter 2 and verse 20 the say the Shepherds were excited and they returned glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and all they had heard and all that was told to them. I don't know if you realize it but in even and New Testament days, they knew what was happening. They knew that Jesus being born in Bethlehem was a whole lot more than a whole lot about a baby.
They knew it was a lot more than about a little baby in a Manger or a Christmas time at you might call it if you look at Luke Chapter 2 and verse 30 you got your Bible open there and Luke Chapter 2 and verse 30. There's this guy named Simeon and he's old and decrepit and he's just been asking God to let.
Live long enough to see all the promises come true. He just been asking God cannot be around when you do it and all of a sudden look at Luke 230. He said mine eyes have seen thy salvation you what that salvation was. He's holding a baby. You know what the baby was as Jesus that's the salvation Salvation can be found in no other it's only in Jesus Christ.
The Bible says Jesus said to them I am the way the truth and the life no man comes to the father, but by me Bible says, there's no other name among men given among men. Whereby we must be saved. It's only the name of Jesus. Look at Luke chapter 2 verse 30. Mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou Hast prepared before the face of all people.
I want you to see something you need to underline if you got your Bible you ought to have your Bible open because we're studying the word of God and I want you underline if you would in Chapter 2 and verse 31 thou has prepared underline Hast prepared. Now, you don't need to understand something all over the world.
Everybody's trying to figure out how to get things right with God. Every every people has made a religious way to solve the problem with God and so you have you have Hindus and you have Buddhists and you have thousands and thousands of gods and every man's like we know something's wrong. We know somehow we need to make things right with God, but I don't know how to go about it.
So they come up with a religion but here's what the Bible says. You prepared I don't line up your Bible. You see you want things right? You want to get things right? You want forgiveness of your sins? You want to know what's wrong inside of you that that vacuuming you that needs to be filled in you're worried about that.
But before you ever worried about it, he worried about it. And it Jesus that's God's plan God's way of getting salvation and I want you to look at this online in your Bible and the for the face of all people. Thank God he loves white people and black people and every other couple of people on the planet.
He loves a whole color spectrum of people. He loves all people whether they're Jewish people or gentile people. He loves people with their North American or South American or Asian or a European or African. He loves all people everywhere. He loves everybody all people. That's what the scripture that's pretty good stuff in it.
So the Bible said in that passage of scripture that the Bible said Good Tidings of great joy how in the world can I get things fixed? How in the world? Could I get things right. I'm in the listening to a book this week about Charles Spurgeon. He was a great preacher a British preacher and. As a little boy as a little boy he found out about hell and his granddaddy explained to him.
It was like a bottomless pit where you fall and you never quit falling and he said, well can't you reach the bottom. He said you go so far down you can't see the top but you're still nowhere near the bottom and he talked about the wrath of God that a boat on people and how people are going to die and go to hell and it scared him.
He has a friend who's actually a slave living in Virginia that will later on become a missionary after he graduates from his Bible College at the same time. He's at the same time. He's over here experiencing that this little kid is experiencing fear of the devil and fear of dying and fear of going to hell because every one of us no matter what part of the globe were on we know there's something wrong.
That's why they make up religion. That's why everybody's got a way to fix it. That's why everybody's got some how they may even say. I don't believe in God that way. Maybe I can calm things. I don't like to feel that or I'm a humanist and I only believe in what I feel but whatever they're doing.
They're always trying to fix a problem they got and they don't know they got it, but they got. I don't know why they got it, but they got it and our preacher standing countries all over the world and people hear the gospel and gets a that's Joy to the World. Here's man drowning in and drunkenness or drowning it in riches but there's only one answer and that is Jesus.
And that's what that's what this story's about. Great Good Tidings of great. Joy that I want you to look at the last part of the verse and I know you're probably if you come to Vision, you're like good night that guy could find World evangelism in any verse of the Bible I plead guilty. Somebody said is there a world evangelism in Genesis 1:1?
Yeah in the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth. You know what that means? He's in charge and you get saved and that if it's the world belongs here, let's get the gospel to him say man. He started out on it. Why didn't he own it now to scare them the gospel. Look at this. You got to circulate in your Bible all people would you Circle that all people?
God doesn't have a racist bone in him. God don't have a racist bone in him God. Look at any people in think poorly of them. God wants some all saved for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son. God so loved the world. He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Now. Look at Luke 210. Let's read it again. The angel said unto them fear not for behold. I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. And when you read that you're like man the Old Testament was kind of dark and everybody's dying back there and things were hard back there.
And finally you're in a New Testament and Joy to the World. It's going to be great because Jesus is coming the New Testaments different than the Old Testament accidents not use didn't read the Old Testament, right? And your preacher didn't explain the Old Testament right to you. But those people in the temple knew their Old Testament and I want you to look at if you would with me at Psalm chapter 67 and verse to write that down look it up later if you need to but look this verse when they sang Joy to the World when they say all this is going to happen.
There's good tidings to all people. You don't need to think that God didn't think about everybody till the New Testament. He thought about everybody in the Old Testament. I'm going to show you that in the Bible today and Psalm chapter 67 in verse 2. The Bible says. That that way may be known upon Earth.
Now upon Earth not upon Israel. Not upon the United States of America not own Georgia, not on Alpharetta, but upon Earth that's enough we could stop diverse right there. But in case you didn't understand that he explains it further. So you'll get it. He said Earth case. You don't know that thy saving health.
On one all what how many people see want to hear the gospel All Nations All Nations. That's the carrot Cherokee Nation. That's the Iroquois Nation. That's the that's the American Nation. It's every group of people every kind of people all over the world. He wants them all to know all nations.
What's he want to know looking at diverse with me, aren't you? Look what he wants to know saving health? You're dying. You know, one of the interesting things about getting older is your body don't do what they used to do. And to some of you younger people you like 40 and you're already starting to figure it out.
Just what are your 60? You're really going to know it and we need some saving Health, but your body is not the issue your body can wear out you're going to live somewhere forever. No one stops existing at death. You need to listen to this when you're standing at the casket and somebody told you well.
She's she's in the clouds now and when the wind blows and you feel it on your face, that's Mama talking to you. Well, Mama somewhere. And everybody somewhere and there's somewhere forever. You got a chance in this earth to make a decision about where you'll spend forever. And here's here's the question.
You need to understand if you accept Jesus Christ as your savior, if you put your faith and trust in what he did on the cross at Calvary not your own righteous as the girls saying about that just as I got to go not your own righteousness not righteous as you find a new but righteousness you find in Christ.
You can have eternal life. You can be made a new creature old things are passed away behold. All things are become new. He makes a difference in you he saves you and then you get to go to his presence forever. And ever you say, oh that's fantasy. Yeah. Well, it's probably fantasy for you that there's a God who created everything and you probably think it all happened like an accident I could see you walking through the Amazon jungle, which I have done and coming up on a watch like my Apple watch laying on the ground and you'd look at it and say wow, the elements have been at work here they all been banging against each other and somehow they formed an Apple Watch and it works and even connects to the internet praise the Lord.
No, you look at that and say I think somebody smarts been here, but dumb enough to drop a watch say man. Come on and see there is a God in heaven and they'll Bible is true. And by the way in your heart of hearts, you know that you're not going to die and it's all over, you know, you're not a dog, you know, you're not an animal, you know in the pit of your heart you're going to live forever.
The nation's needs saving. Health underline that the psalmist knew that. Luke Chapter 2 and verse 32 back to Luke Simeon had known that message was to reach even the Pagan Nations. Look if you would at Luke Chapter 2 and verse 32 Jesus he saw about Jesus who's just been born in Bethlehem, and now has been brought to the temple.
He says this a light to lighten. The Gentiles I need you online that were Gentiles. I won't explain something. You can even Circle that were Gentiles and draw a line to the margin of your Bible to write the word Pagan. Let me explain to you. What a gentile is a gentile is a non Jewish person. You say well, I think that's doesn't help me much.
Let me explain to you in Bible terms and in Bible days Jewish people had a real God. They had a Creator God that the god of the Old Testament the god that in the beginning created the heavens and the earth and the Gentile Nations or the Pagan Nations had all gods they created there's a Creator God and there's God's you create.
There's a God who made it all and there's a God's you met. And you got a little gods and you know, you move them around and you respect them, but they're your little Idols. You went down to an auto shop on the corner where the guys getting drunk and fornicate and made you a God. So how you know about that.
I lived in a country where they did it all the time.
He came to lighten the Gentiles the pagans. You know who that is. That's us. We were without God we were without hope we were a long ways off, but God came and through the person of his son and he brought salvation to us and and Simeon knew that what he saw the babies like here. He is the one who saves.
Even pagans he saves even pagans and the glory of his people Israel. If you would go with me to Isaiah 49:6 or just write that in your Bobby. You look it up later see me and wasn't that smart. He just been to church. He just had his Bible open and people taught him and so semien was actually quoting what God had already said and the Old Testament.
I just cannot just be honest with you don't have to be real smart. You just got to read God's book. You don't have I mean you like how'd she me? You know that man, that must have been neat to have that revelation. Will you got that revelation? You got that Revelation because our here's what semien was quoting Isaiah 49:6 and he said it's a light thing that thou shouldst be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob destroy The Preserve is or I will give light to the Gentiles all the way back in Isaiah.
That thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the Earth. Yes what God was thinking about the Old Testament you guess what God was thinking about the Old Testament China? Guess what? God was thinking about the Old Testament India? Yes, what God was saying about the Old Testament Indonesia? Yes.
What God was he by the Old Testament every person? I heard this for God so loved the world. That's like the whole thing that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life salvation to the end of the Earth to the end of the Earth. Look at Isaiah chapter 52 in verse 10, Isaiah knew about this.
I love this verse. This is a great verse you're going to want to mark this verse in your Bible. You don't want to remember this. First of the Bible says the Lord hath made bare his holy arm, and the eyes of all the nations and Nations such as Gentiles again. That's the pagans. That's the people that don't know the god of Israel, which is the god of the Bible.
And I want you to look he made bare his holy arm. What he did is he took his coat off? What he did is he said this is going to take a little bit of work right here. I'm going to show you my muscle. I have my son's in the room. I guess some of y'all know he likes to lift weights and when he's in Peru, he calls me and he'll have one of his wife beater shirts on and he says Hey Dad, how you doing?
How you doing, Dad notice anything. I said you're pointing at your head. No, dad, you don't see my arms know that I mean, nothing impressive. I think your wife has bigger. Look at the verse look at the verse God said watch this. I'm fixed take my shirt off getting out of my wife beater. I'm fixing to show you that I can save the world.
I can change the world. Can I get an amen right to come on? I don't know how you read that bear the. Sometimes I wish David wouldn't bury his but God took and showed his holy arm and let everybody see it and here's why and all the ends of the Earth. Look at this Old Testament all the ends of the Earth shall see the salvation of our God.
That's pretty good. Well, it has to be pretty good at swear to God. That's pretty good. He cares about. people from Florida. George even know how can I get an amen there? That's a hard one. He cares about people from South America. He cares about people the all the ends of the Earth all the ends of the Earth.
You would I got another verse for you Psalm chapter 98 and verse 2 God's always want to know the world know about him and what he's done for all to be saved. That's why our church is so involved in getting the gospel to the world because God cares. And God's way getting the gospel the world's to do it through a church.
Psalm chapter 98 and verse to the Lord hath known have made known his salvation with general idea. He has made known he's made it clear. Hey, look, you got to be saved and by less than I'm making an announcement there is salvation in Jesus Christ looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith.
He hath made known his salvation his righteousness had the openly showed in the sight of you got to underline. Heathen he didn't go to the good people. Didn't go to the certain group of people. He went to the ones that didn't even know about him because he cares about. people. There's a purple people say I don't believe in God.
He said well, I still love you. He says I believe in God and God said well, I love you my son died for you and you can be saved and the site of the Heathen verse 3 says he hath remembered his Mercy. And is truth toward the house of Israel because they're Israelites and they say man. God has been good to us.
Then he says all the ends of the Earth have seen the salvation of our God whole world. Now I want you to know if you're here today. He loves you. If you're saved you already know that I want you to know today that if you're here and you're not ever put your trust in Christ, he loves you and he died for you.
The whole Bible sure this whole Crystal thing is going it's not about Santa Claus. And I mean, I know it is in America everybody in America saying about I need to buy some gifts and credit card companies love it and the stores love it, but tell me tell you what you mean to you what God loves you.
The whole story is about Jesus dying for you on a cross so you could be saves you go to heaven when you die. So you'd have your sins forgiven so you could have a new life the whole world and for you that are born-again believers. What an awesome privilege and responsibility we get I know the good news.
I know the good news often times in Old Testament. The soldiers would be in battle and they didn't have Twitter and they didn't have cell phones and they couldn't send a selfie or FaceTime there be a battle going on in the king might be over here on the other side and they had Messengers and his Messengers job was to run from the battle scene and tell the king what was happening.
And so they would come running up and say can I take the message? I could even show you the bottle sure don't have time this morning and they both come up and he said no you wait, but there's one guy said I'll take the message and this other guy kept Center said I'd like to take the message the second got run the first guy and got there with the message.
Here's a whole deal in the we have the good news. We know anybody can be saved. We know that the darkest Heathen in the darkest tribe on the planet that's never heard of the god of the Bible can be saved if we take the Bible Jesus died for him so he can be saved. Let me show you proof of that and we're through Luke 2:14.
God extends. Peace and Good Will to all men. Luke Chapter 2 and verse 14 if you would glory to God in the highest and that is what we all say. Everyone is from want to be saved or to God. Thank God. Nobody makes me do some to go to heaven. Amen. Thank God we didn't come to church this morning to get loaded up with a bunch of junk you got to do.
I saw a picture in a another country in this guy was beating himself and he said God see my suffering and forgive my sin and I used to tell people when they saw that picture they want to see my suffering they get to see Jesus suffering glory to God and own Earth. Peace God wants you to know. Peace.
God wants you to be a lay down at night and know things are okay. My family member may be dying. I may be dying. But if they know Jesus Christ peace death is coming. Goodwill toward men. somebody said that means go out and be nice to people but I tell you what, it means I think means God said. I like you guys.
I got a Goodwill towards you. I want you to be saved. You see World evangelism is not an afterthought for God. It's not like God came up said or something like the apostles got together after Jesus died. So he died what we going to do. Now. Let's make a plan. If you read the Bible, he's had that plan since the very beginning he wants the world to know and you didn't know that salvation is simply a gift you need to receive.
It's a gift. Here's a great Bible verse. For the wages of sin is death. If you get what you deserve you will die and you will go to hell the wages of sin. You do wrong you live in Rebellion, you live in self will or making up your own mind about what you're going to do you will die and you will go to hell that wages of sin is death, but the gift of God.
Is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Now you need to understand God's gift is not for everybody. Anyway, they want it. For the gift of God, but the gift of God is eternal life, but it comes a certain way. It comes through Jesus Christ the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
That's how people get saved. People get saved because Jesus is the savior. You're celebrating Christmas. You remember something Joy to the World. The Savior has come Joy to the World. I can have a new life my past can be washed away. My past can only be washed away. It can be replaced behold. All things are made new.
Did you know when you get born again? God doesn't fix your future. He fixes your past your present and your future he goes back and wipes away all the junk you did in the past Nails it to the cross and says taking care of Forgotten washed away and feed body ever asked it's time to go over and check where I put it on my cross.
And he's changes you present. Gives you a whole new life right now, and he changes your future. If we believe in that, we have the privilege of getting the gospel to the world. To everyone I think God you do that. I think God's your church that wants to invite people. I think God we got Chinese people with us today.
I am so excited to have them here. I thank God that we have every nationality that we have in our church. I think God for every new person shows up at our church because we want everybody to know Jesus. Thank God that we send missionaries are young people surrender their lives and take the gospel around the world.
You take the gospel around the community the curse of sin brought death and hell but Jesus brought salvation and not everybody gets saved. I need to make that real clear this the story doesn't end well for everyone. There's a teaching that's called universalism, which means that in the end. He'll save.
It's not ever taught in the Bible. In the Bible, here's what's taught all universally can be saved. But they must hear and believe. They must hear and believe see you came to this morning. You can't leave flippantly and say well I think God is will fix everything. He's only going to fix it if you'll turn to him.
If you'll trust him if you'll look to him, he'll save you and forgive. As a church, we have to continue training our young people. We have to continue praying that the whole world can hear the gospel and we get the gospel to the world. We have to keep giving. because it's Joy to the World and not joy to Alpharetta.
It's not Joy Division. It's Joy to the World. Our Savior has come Father in Heaven, thank you for the chance to be with your people today and speak to them from your word. I pray God you'd touch somebody's heart this morning and help somebody to come to know you as her savior this morning Lord. I pray God your name be glorified her you'd show your power God.
I pray somebody to surrender to be a missionary. I praise somebody would decide I'm going to be more of a giver. I pray somebody would decide to share the gospel with other people God make a difference. They were head bowed every eye closed. You came this morning. I want you know, he loves you. And he died for you and he paid all your sin debt.
It's all paid for already. It's all taken care of. The only thing is lacking is you to receive that gift to just been bought the gift been paid for all you need to do is receive the gift the wages of sin is death. But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord, if you're here and you're not saying we want to see you come to know Jesus will answer your questions.
We won't push you. We won't manipulate you will simply be here to help you if you're here and you're not born again. You're not saved not sure you go to heaven. Let us help. You raise your hand. Let me pray for you. So you buy like that is I really want to know Jesus we pray for you. You can come forward there counselor sitting here at the front there glad to take the Bible their wives are with them for the ladies.
They'll show you from the Bible how to know Jesus as your savior Christians. We have the message of Joy. Let's continue to take it to our community and to the world.