Matthew and Luke introduce us to the virgin birth. Jesus was a baby, born of a virgin girl likely around the age of 14-15.
Our culture has a problem. They are not too concerned with the virgin Mary or the fact that Mary was a teenage mom. George Lucas took facts from the Bible and in the Star Wars movies, Anakin Skywalker was born of a virgin. Anakin was the chosen one who was to be the best Jedi of all time. The Force basically overshadows Anakin’s mother and she conceives Anakin.
You can Google search virgin birth and people actually think that Garth Brooks was born from a virgin mother.
Our culture doesn’t have a problem with Mary being a teenage mom. We are used to that. We have even made TV shows about them and plaster them across the covers of magazines and tabloids.
What our culture does have a problem with is Jesus.
They don’t have a problem with baby Jesus. They love baby Jesus.
They pray in the name of baby Jesus. They thank the sweet baby Jesus. Wanting Jesus to always stay a baby is about as stupid as believing that people turn into angels when they die.
If it was up to them, Jesus would always be a baby. Why?
Babies are not threatening.
Babies do not call you to die to yourself
Babies do not throw tables out of the temple
Babies don’t go to the cross
If Jesus had always remained a baby, there would not be a man who was tempted and tried as we are but who did not sin.
If Jesus had remained a baby, there would not be countless numbers of people who were healed or whose lives were changed – 5000, Zaccheus, Samaritan woman at the well, Lazarus
If Jesus had remained a baby, there would be no account of the 12 disciples
If Jesus had remained a baby, there would not be a New Testament. The Bible would end at Malachi.
If Jesus had remained a baby, you would have law without grace.
If Jesus had remained a baby, you would still be offering animal sacrifices.
If Jesus had remained a baby, you would not have a cross.
If Jesus had remained a baby, you would not have a Savior who rose from the dead.
If Jesus had remained a baby, you would not have the gospel.
The problem that our culture has with Jesus is: Jesus grew up!
Jesus transcends time. He existed from eternity past. He existed when He was sent by God to come here and He will exist forever.
Jesus is the creator of the universe! The reason you are sitting in this room right now – Jesus. The reason you woke up today – Jesus. The reason you are breathing and your heart is still beating this very second – Jesus. Jesus holds all things together.
Jesus is the reason that the sun does not burn the earth into a Triscut. Jesus is the reason that the ocean stops at the beach and doesn’t flood Tybee and Savannah. Jesus is the reason that all of the planets are in perfect alignment and the universe is not in total chaos. Jesus has hung every star in the exact location that he wants them in. Jesus is the reason that you even have an opportunity to hear the gospel and be transformed into who He created you to be.
John mentions the birth of Jesus for a verse. Why? The fact that Jesus was a baby is not a focal point for John. John wants to talk about the man Jesus. Lord Jesus. Savior Jesus. King Jesus.
Jesus was ostracized by the very people he came to save. He was ostracized by the very people that He created.
Upon salvation, you became a child of God. You are adopted into the family of God. You are heirs with Jesus. Jesus is your big brother.
God becomes your Heavenly Father. God is better than a deadbeat dad or a father who ran away and is not known in the home. God is the perfect Father. God is better than the fun and loving daddy that loves his wife and kids and points them to Jesus. Why? God is the perfect daddy.
Jesus came to Earth and dwelt among the people. We call this the Incarnation. Jesus told us that if we ever wanted to know what God was like – if we wanted to know what his personality was like, if we wanted to know what he looked like, if we wanted to know what he sounded like, all we have to do is look at Jesus. When you look at Jesus, you see the Father.
The law was given through Moses. Grace and truth came through Jesus. Jesus is the greater Moses.
Thank you Jesus for grace.
*These are not the complete sermon notes. These notes like all the sermon notes are for your personal Bible study and review.