PASTOR/TEACHER CHARLES E. WHISNANT
“O Come, O Come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears….” . 12 century hymn writer.
JUDAISM by the time of the Roman Rule was fragmented by exhausted internal fractions; the true teachings became obscured by mountains of religious trifles, details, minor unimportant things, created by teachers who had missed the whole point of what God was doing among His people.
ISRAEL – JEWS – JUDAISM – was almost lost to the whole idea of the coming of the Messiah. Lam 1:12.
- 400 years had passed since the last prophet had been on the scene to tell the story of the Messiah’s birth.
- The voice of God would be soon heard in the sound of an infant’s cry. Deity was about to invade humanity. Would they be ready? Would they know? Would they hear?
GOD’S DIVINE INTENTIONS FOR THE INCARNATION HAD NOT BEEN OBSCURED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES. God taking human form as Jesus Christ is about to happen.
GOD WAS ABOUT TO ENTER INTO TIME - The single greatest creative act since the birth of humanity .
THE PERSON: Matthew 22:42 42"What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?" They said to Him, "The son of David."
THAT QUESTION NEEDS TO BE VOICED IN EVERY GENERATION IN EVERY AGE TO EVERY PERSON:
THE JEWISH LEADERS MISSED THE POINT ALTOGETHER:
They felt the Messiah would come and restore Israel to the place of blessing. They felt He would be everything except the Divine Son of God.
Yet ISAIAH 7:14 says: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew 2:23 “GOD WITH US”
Isaiah 9:6-7 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,)Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be)no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with)justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
THE WORDS ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR, THE INTENT IS PRECISELY ARTICULATED. ALL OF ISRAEL’S HOPE AND MANKIND’S HOPE WAS TO BE SECURED IN THE MESSIAH’S COMING. BUT HE CAME….AND HIS OWN RECEIVED HIM NOT John 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
Israel was listening to the wrong leaders…… leaders who put their interests above the interest of the people.
- But the angels proclaimed it in Luke 2:10-11 JESUS IS LORD.
ONLY GOD AS JESUS CHRIST COULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO REDEEM US:
- Psalms 22, Isaiah 53
GOD HAD TO TAKE ON HUMAN FLESH: Hebrew 2:14-15
WHO DO YOU SAY JESUS IS?