This sermon uses an Old Testament cure for snake-bite to explain how faith in Christ saves from death and hell.
The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and told him he would give all their authority and glory to him if he would worship him. Jesus answered,
“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” Luke 4:8 [ESV]
Where was it written? What does it mean? How did Jesus teach this lesson others? How do we apply to our own lives?
Sermon on the Temptation of Christ.
Jesus went home to teach in the synagogue he had attended as a child. It didn’t go well. Their familiarity with him made it hard for them to hear what he was saying. Many who think of themselves as Christians have a similar problem and because of it they miss the blessings God offers.
Luke’s account of the baptism of Jesus focuses on his calling and purpose. Although some thought John might be the Christ, John was not. It was Jesus, God’s beloved Son, who would redeem his people, pour out his Spirit upon them, and judge the nations.
In the ninth chapter of Isaiah five names are given to the Messiah. This Christmas Eve sermon invites you to consider what each reveals about the Christ child. At our service the sermon was bracketed by two selections from Handel’s Messiah. The links before and after the sermon will take you to recordings on YouTube. The recordings are not essential for understanding the sermon, but may add to your enjoyment.
Christmas Eve 2018