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ADVENT - Week Three: This Child Is Savior

December 11, 2016 Preacher: Jeff Vanderstelt Series: ADVENT: What Child is This?

Passage: Luke 2:8–2:20

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This is where the story turns. We know Jesus came as GOD because of the great darkness and he came as MAN to identify with us. Now, Jesus came as SAVIOR to rescue us out of the dire situation we find ourselves in. This is the core of the good news of the Christmas story and why we celebrate it in the first place.

The idea of Jesus coming as our Savior implies:
we are in need of being saved
we cannot save ourselves
we are worthy of being saved.
In this week, I would emphasize the pattern that Jesus’ incarnation sets for us. We believe that the God of the universe lowered himself in order to be raised up. This is not just the pattern of Jesus’ saving work but it is also the pattern of our response. We have to acknowledge that we have great need and be humbled by the weight of it (going down) in order to have the truth of the gospel hold any power over us (going up). If we are unwilling to admit our position of need, we will never be brought low enough to be lifted up again. The emphasis of this week is our deep need for a savior and that Christmas is specifically a recognition of that personal need.

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