The following is the basic outline for the sermon I preached this past Sunday (Dec. 3). Feel free to use it, share it, or comment.
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Have a blessed Monday!
“Jesus – The Perfect Gift”
- He was given at the perfect time (Galatians 4:4) – Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and my ways are not your ways”
- Great anticipation among the Jews. Roman rule made them hungry for a Messiah.
- Rome had unified much of the world under its government. Pax Romana. Safe travel.
- Rome conquered militarily. Greece had conquered culturally. Common language.
- False idols had not protected the people from Rome. Greek philosophy and science had left many people empty.
- The mystery religions of the day spoke of savior-gods and bloody sacrifices, which would have made the gospel of the cross believable. The Greeks also believed in the immortality of the soul, not the body.
- The Roman army drafted soldiers from all over its territory. The earliest example of the gospel in Britain is from Roman soldiers stationed there.
- It was the fulfillment of prophecy! (Source: GotQuestions.org)
- He was wrapped like no other gift could ever be (Luke 2:12; Philippians 2:7).
- Wrapped with love (swaddled)
- Wrapped as a sign (Luke 2:12)
- He was exactly what everyone in all the world needs (Luke 2:11) –
- “a Savior!”
- But not just ANY Savior – “Christ the Lord!”
- He was the greatest expression of love the world would ever see (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9-10).
- Unequaled, Unimaginable Surprise! A baby? In Bethlehem? A manger?
- Unequaled, Unimaginable Sacrifice! God’s Son.
- Unequaled, Unimaginable Grace! …No secret Savior…No drawing names…No obligation of any kind
Preached @ South Soddy Baptist, 12/03/2017