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Christmas Party 2009

Last night we had our class Christmas party. Check out the photos from last night which are now appearing on our HOME page. The room, decorations, ambiance all made for an evening that was elegant and restful at the most hectic time of the year. Again I want to thank Karen Sheats and the team with her that put together all the details and work for last night. The main meal consisted of lasagna, salad and rolls. And then desserts such as cheesecake, pecan pie, chocolate cake with coffee, tea and water to drink. There was great fellowship and after the meal we gathered around the piano, to sing Christmas Carols. Thanks to Nancy Brown for providing our music last night. There was only one small incident from our wonderful Christmas celebration last night. It seems that a PARTY CRASHER was spotted by our class security. This person was quickly assisted from the room and the building for further questioning. We then concluded the evening with a Christmas devotion. Last night I suggested three words to consider during this Christmas season as they relate to the most important Christmas story of all time.

The verses and devotion tonight will be summarized in the following way;
  • PLAN

Dr. Luke writes two books of the Bible for us, the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. His goal is to build a bridge between the Old and New Testament.

And the way he does it as follows:
In the gospel of Luke he builds the bridge from the OT to Jesus, this is bridge building phase 1. Whereas in the book of Acts he builds the bridge from Jesus to the apostle Paul, which is phase 2 and in doing so launches us into Romans to Revelation. But the key to understand the bridge is the PLAN, which make up our third word for this devotion. The plan Luke will teach to us in this phase 1 plan from the OT to Jesus will be “the kingdom of God.” So now lets see in our devotion how Person and Purpose fit into this plan that Luke teaches.

Read Luke 1:30-33
Luke 1:30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.
Luke 1:31 “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
Luke 1:32 “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;
Luke 1:33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.”

Luke is teaching us right here that Jesus is the King

And if you go back to 2 Samuel 7:12-17 then you will see that this is the cross reference for this text. In this section of Scripture God made a covenant with King David and said that his throne would have no end.

Read Luke 2:8-12
Luke 2:8 ¶ In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.
Luke 2:9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.
Luke 2:10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
Luke 2:11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:12 “This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke is teaching us that Jesus is Savior

Luke wants us to understand that Jesus is King and Jesus is Savior means that this is one and the same Person.
So the Person in our devotion tonight is Jesus the King, who is also Jesus the Savior.

Now let’s look at His PURPOSE, and we will see that He actually states this purpose in Luke
And we can see this at the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus in:

Read Luke 4:43
But He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose.”

Mark 1:14-15
Mark 1:14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the
kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

Matthew 4:23
Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.

Luke 8:1
“Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God…”

And a quick word study on the Greek word preach find “euaggelizo” is the same word used when Jesus preaches the kingdom means the same thing as preaching the gospel.

So we can see that the PURPOSE is the preaching of the gospel or preaching of the kingdom.

  • Which begs the question, how do we know the kingdom is here?
  • Answer - Because the King has arrived on the scene
  • And what is the King preaching?
  • Answer - good news

  • And what is the good news?
  • Answer - that God has finally acted to make a way through the Person and work of Jesus Christ to save people from their sins

Finally we go to Luke 22:20, 29-30
Luke 22:20 And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
Luke 22:29 and just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you
Luke 22:30 that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

The Lord’s supper where Jesus explains the meaning of His death, burial and resurrection. Dr. Luke connects the dots for us as to how we are to enter into the kingdom of God. A person must receive and rest in the very sacrificial death of Christ Jesus so that their sins might be forgiven and in order to have His righteousness credit to their account.

And now we are back to our 3 words for our Christmas devotion and that is the PERSON, King Jesus and Jesus the Savior has PURPOSED the preaching of the gospel as the means in which God’s people might into the kingdom which is God’s PLAN.