Christmas: God’s Mission in the World

Phil. 2:6-11

The question that is still perplexing to some people: what is Christmas all about?

 

Depending on who you talk to, some will say it’s a pagan holiday

 

Some will say it’s a national holiday on the calendar 

 

Some will say it’s a time for family to gather and exchange presents and give children toys to enjoy

 

Some will say its vacation time from work

 

Big business says it’s time to make money

 

That’s what some will say! But God says Christmas is about Jesus mission to earth to save the whole world from their sin

 

Greater Hopewell don’t get caught up in this happy holiday stuff that is the world’s way of taking Christ out of Christmas

 

I strongly urge us to say Merry Christmas because it’s all about God’s mission to save souls

 

Topic: Christmas: God’s mission in the world! Phil. 2:6-11

 

I.   God is more concerned about us than his glory- vs. 6

II.  God became man in order to save man from sin- vs. 7

III. God’s mission from the cradle to the cross- vs. 8

IV.  The completion of Jesus’ mission is the major reason we are to worship God on this day and every day- vs. 9-11

 

Christmas always been my favorite time of the year

 

As a child my reasons were because of the toys and stuff that I would receive, it was all about me.

 

But as a spiritually mature believer it is about the gift that keeps on giving that brings me joy without the stuff

 

Christmas is about a God who had his mind on me when my mind was not on him

 

Christmas is about God looking for my lost soul

 

Thank you Paul for the true story of Christmas: God’s mission in the world

 
  1. God is more concerned about than His glory- Vs. 6-7a

“Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation…”

 

First thing, who is the who? Vs. 5, “Let this mind me in you which was also in Christ Jesus”

      a.  Jesus being in the form of God

  • Is saying Jesus is God

  • Being in the form of God signifies that Christ has eternally possessed the very nature of God

      b.  Validity of the divinity of Jesus, He is God, and equal with God the Father and the Holy Spirit

      c.  The glory of God speaks of the person of Christ and his abode in heaven

      d  The thought it not robbery to be equal with God

  • Jesus loves us more than he love living in glorious heaven

  • Christ is Jesus being more concerned about us than enjoying his presence physically with the Father in heaven

      e.  Christmas is the true story of Jesus coming all the way from heaven to save us from a burning hell

 

II.  God became man in order to save man from sin- vs. 7

“But made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men”

       a.  The mission to seek and to save man is a well thought out plan

      b.  Not only did God love us enough to leave heaven, God loves us enough to become like us

      c.  No one else was capable of saving but God

  • The best of humanity was not good enough

      d.  The mission required perfect man and perfect God tag teaming the sin of mankind

  • Hypostatic union: God and man in the same body doing the same work

Kenosis is the Greek word for emptying of Christ is God pouring himself into the form of man, God putting himself into a human body, incarnation of Christ

 

III.  Christmas is God’s mission from the cradle to the cross- vs. 8

“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross”

      a.  Being found to be 100% man and 100% God

  • As a man he got tired, hungry and limited

  • As God He spoke to the wind and waves and commanded peace be still

      b.  Although He lived as a man He was fully God

      c.  Christmas is Jesus loving us so much He obeyed the Father and humbled himself to die

John 3:16, God so loved the world…

  • Not just any death but death of the cross

  • A humiliating death, hanging among thieves

      d.  The mission of Christmas started in Bethlehem of Judea passed through Calvary and early one Sunday morning “Mission completed”

Lastly…

IV.  The completion of Jesus’ mission is the major reason we are to Worship God on this day and every day- 9-11

      a.  Christmas is not a time to celebrate family, food, and presents

      b.  Christmas is the time to celebrate Jesus, the savior of the world

      c.  Jesus started the mission as a little baby boy born in a stable wrapped is swaddling clothes

      d.  Jesus finished his mission on resurrection Sunday declaring all power in heaven and earth is in his hands

      e.  God the Father confirms the successful completion of the mission

  • The Father exalted him

  • The Father gave Him a name above every name

  • At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow

  • Every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of lords and King of kings

 

I thank God for Christmas, God mission in the world!

 

Jesus loved me so much that he came and gave me what I needed more than anything else

 

I needed Jesus then and I need him Now