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August 6, 2006. Say What? - "Who's Your Daddy?"
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Sermon Series: “Say What?” (A look at the Words of Jesus)

 

What can we learn about Jesus? 

(We are not to just believe in Jesus, we are to study His life, His words, His works…He, Jesus, is the focus of our life!)

What can we from what Jesus said?

          Lets listen to what he taught as if He was talking directly to us…because He is!

 

Today’s sermon: “Who’s your Daddy?”

Read Luke 2:39-52

 

What can we learn about Jesus?

 

He experienced life as a human

 

Luke 2:39-40. 

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.  And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

 

-         He was not given special privileges for life here on this earth

-         He grew physically and mentally just like you and me!

-         He lived life the same way you and I live life…

o       Teethed, potty trained, learned to walk (he did not come out of the womb walking on water)

o       He had to “brush his teeth”, put his pants on one pant leg at a time, go to bed, take a nap

o       He went through puberty, had a squeaky voice, etc.

o       He had girls think he was cute and He probably saw girls that were pretty cute too

o       He had a favorite toy, a favorite sport, a favorite spot

o       He had friends that he hung out with as a teenager, situations he had to walk away from, bully’s that wanted to beat him up

 

Phillippians 2:5-8.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

 

Some of you may still doubt that Jesus lived totally as a man.

 

Check out Luke 3:23

 

Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry. He was the son, so it was thought, of Joseph,

 

Matthew 13:54-56.

Coming to his hometown, he began teaching the people in their synagogue, and they were amazed. "Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?" they asked. "Isn't this the carpenter's son? Isn't his mother's name Mary, and aren't his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? Aren't all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?"

Jesus had not spent any time practicing being the Son of God, or else it would have leaked out by now!

He lived the first 30 years of His life “ignoring” all the miraculous things He could have done. 

 

He came to the earth to live as a man so He could die as a man for you and me!

 

 

When Jesus was in Heaven, He made the choice to come to the Earth as a man. 

 

He did not make that decision later on.

 

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

-         while everyone in the world was still a sinner……before Adam and Eve, His plan was to die for us

Genesis 3:14-15.

So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.  And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

 

He choose, while he was still God to come to the earth as a man, he did not come to the earth so he could hang out as a human and hen after a while decide to save us. 

 

 

Looking back at Phillippians 2:5-8.

 

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!

 

The Son of God was so much human that He even allowed Himself to die... The creator of the universe who has always been and who will always be!

 

It was His plan since before there was time to live on this Earth as a man so He could die as a man for you and me so He could pay the penalty for sin that a man would have to pay.  No other way would work.  If He was not living as a man, he could not have properly died as a man.

 

Which brings us to our next point…

 

What can we learn from what Jesus said?

 

Read Luke 2:48-49.

When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."  "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"

How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?(KJV)

 

Greek Lesson:

 

The Greek text is leaves a gap in the phrase and actually reads,

 

“I must be in the … of my Father,”

 

I must be doing something that has to do with my father

I must be actively involved in something that is directly connect to my Father in some way

 

 

 

TO BE ABOUT His Father’s business was a big cultural statement.  It was very important for Jewish children to strictly obey their parents.  If His father had business for Him to do, He would not hesitate to do it.  There was only one problem.  His earthly father was a carpenter!  His earthly father’s business would have nothing to do with the Temple.  Jesus was making a statement that He was living in Obedience to His Heavenly father.  He was making the statement that He knew Who He was (the Son of God) and that He had come to the Earth to accomplish some specific business.

 

God was His Father.

 

He came to the Earth to accomplish His Father’s business.

 

What was the father’s business?

 

Hebrews 2:14-18.

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Two reasons:

 

He lived as a man to die for you and me.

 

He experienced life as a man so that he is able to help us as one who has already been there and been through that.

 

-         When you experience life and wonder if anyone gets it…one thing you know for sure is that Jesus gets it!

 

 

 

 

The God of Heaven and Earth who created all things, knows all things, and sustains all things willingly accepted the limitations of humanity, having to grow physically, emotionally, and mentally to walk a mile in our shoes and suffer the penalty for sin that was due us.

 

So who was His daddy?

 

As the Son of God, His Daddy was God The Father and He lived with a singular purpose in mind, to do His father’s business, to come to the earth and live as a man and die for our sins!

 

This leaves everyone with a choice.  What do you do with Jesus?

 

Was He a great man?  No

 

From birth to death, He was the Son of God, living a human life so He could die a human death for you and me.  He chose to die a death that we all deserve. 

 

The Bible Says in John 5:24.

 

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.