Why Did Jesus Come?
December 20, 2009
v. 4 - "city
The old kingdom of David had been dismembered,
conquered, and devastated. The people had been led
away into captivity from which few comparatively
speaking, ever returned.
II Sam. 23:1-5
v. 7 - The birth of Jesus Christ in
most important birth which ever occurred on
this planet. Had the world appreciated the
advent, it would have heralded it on every
shore instead of the Babe having to steal in
this world in a stable among cattle!
We are at the threshold of a similar situation, the
Second Advent of Christ - one would think that
this event would be appreciated by mankind today
to the extent that the most sophisticated technologies of
man would be employed to get the news out - what we
find is the exact opposite of this - the repression of any
"no room for them in the inn" - today lives are so
crowded with cares, pleasures and the prizes of this
world; or are so occupied with pursuits which, if
intellectual, are unspiritual (not at all Christ-like
being "about my Father's business"), that there is
no room for the Divine One who comes to speak of
sin, of mercy and of life, spiritual and eternal.
The door is slammed shut, the heart is not open
to Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God,
therefore enlightening truth, perfect rest and
contentment in heart, nobility of life, and eternal
glory are also shut out. Oh, what a penalty men
v. 8 - "shepherds" - are the first to hear the
blessed tidings of a Savior for the world.
Truly, it was the exaltation of the humble & meek -
It was not to priests, not to kings, the media
or even pseudo-intellectuals of the day - but to shepherds,
to individuals like Simeon and Anna, did the Lord
reveal the Christ!
Mishna - a compilation of traditional interpretations
of the Law
Gemara - a vast collection of interpretations of the
The Mishna and the Gemara, together make up the
Talmud, the text and commentary of the Law.
The Talmud tells us that shepherds were not allowed
as witnesses in court, they were apparently of a very
However, it was at least, a semi-sacred occupation
because in the pastures
raised the sheep intended for the daily sacrifices
the solemn ritual of the temple.
In those days a widely circulated rumor was that
the long looked for Messiah was soon to appear and
May I point out in our day the rumor of the
Second Appearing of this same Jesus is in vogue.
Haggai 2:6-7 "Desire of all nations"
v. 9 - the Shechinah glory - the visible token of the
presence of the Eternal God, in the bush, in
the pillar of fire & cloud which guided the
desert wanderings - it surrounded Christ
on the Mount of Transfiguration - the
occasional presence of this visible glory was
exceeding precious to the chosen people.
One can imagine the terror felt by the shepherds
when brought into visible communion with the
dwellers of the spirit world (angels).
vs. 10-12 - read
an angel's sermon - short but its contents priceless!
The message is about a personal Saviour, the Mighty
God, the Father of Eternity and the Prince of Peace -
compare Isaiah 9:6-7
The angels song -
The angel had arranged for a "service of praise" to
go along with his preaching - vs. 13-14
The preaching of the gospel is backed up by the
singing of the gospel. Praise has its part to play
as well as prayer.
It was at the praise part of the dedication service of
Solomon's temple that the glory of the Lord appeared.
II Chron. 5:11-14
Notice Rev. 5:11-14
v. 14 - "glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace
and good will to men"
Peace between man and man - Rev. 21:27
LIES - not the least of which is if you blow yourself
up - 100 virgins will be waiting on you
God entered the world as a helpless babe that the
world might be redeemed and restored.
On this rock of the Incarnation rests the restoration
of the human race to love and likeness to God!
Has this work done you any good?
vs. 15-16 - the shepherds come with haste - prompt
obedience is the way to blessing
"the king's business required haste" - I Sam. 21:8b
v. 17 - the shepherds told all who would listen of
the good news.
Thus the men at the bottom of the social scale,
the new born king.
I Cor. 1:26-28, 3:19
Into their hearts is poured the gospel for all the
ages - the Sent from God, the Divine Personality
the brightness of His glory and the express image o
f His person. (John 6:29, Hebrews 1:3)
v. 10 - "good tidings of great joy" - the most
blessed message ever proclaimed - one of
unspeakable blessedness, a joy to which
no bound can be set, which no geographical
limit can measure, which no thought of
class, race or sect can embitter, a joy to
ALL THE WORLD'S PEOPLES.
It well agreed to tell shepherds of the yearning of
a strange Lamb, such a Lamb as might take away
the sin of the world. Once again, it is not to the
haughty Pharisee, not to the Sadducee, cold &
dry as dust, not the Essene ascetic and separatist,
not to the Herodian worldly and crafty, not to the mighty
and noble that the first tidings of the great joy are
Today, the Second Advent of our Lord Jesus is
not being revealed to, nor proclaimed by the civil
libertarian, the perverted movie producer, the carnal
artist, or the world renown new anchor or columnist
but to those “who look for Him shall He appear the
second time without sin unto salvation” – (Hebrews 9:28)
The first preacher is the heavenly angel, and the first
congregation, some lowly, simple men, who are doing
their duty in the place where God appointed them.
Heaven is always near the dutiful!
vs. 17-18 - After short visits and short sermons, the
angels are withdrawn and these poor shepherds
spread the glad tidings, telling all who would
listen in their humble way all that they had
seen and heard. It is God's plan and must
v. 19 - One who heard and profited was Mary
v. 20 - the shepherds praise God!
v. 21 - Jesus was circumcised - circumcision
and purification rites were enjoined on all
and were intended as perpetual witnesses
to the deadly taint of imperfection and sin.
Christ did not need this but was willingly obedient
to the Divine Law under which He was born.
v. 24 - proper offering - lamb for burnt offering,
a pigeon or dove for a sin offering - a
concession to the poor - could bring 2
pigeons or doves
You can read about it in the 8 verses of Lev. 12
v. 25 - Simeon - many expositors believe that this
Simeon was identical with Shimeon, the
son of the famous Hillel, and father of
Simeon was president of the Sanhedrin in A.D. 13 -
of this the Mishna is silent - could it be owing to
his belief in Jesus of
Sounds like some of the tricks – sounds like the
modern media - I am speaking of years of clever control!
Remember, it was not to the priests, not to kings, the media
or even pseudo-intellectuals of the day - but to shepherds,
to individuals like Simeon, Anna & the Magi did the Lord
reveal the Christ!
To one who was
"looking for the consolation of
"and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second
time without sin unto salvation" - Hebrews 9:28b
WHERE ARE YOU LOOKING TODAY?
vs. 30-32 - the great joy of salvation is that it is
intended for all people - Jew or Gentile
v. 34 - We have come full circle - in Roman times
the name of
was a name of shame, hateful and despised.
Acts 4:28 Psalm 2:1-3
v. 25 - Simeon - “a
waiting, the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Some expositors believe that Simeon was the son of
the famous Hillel, and the father of Gamaliel.
This Simeon became president of the Sanhedrin in
The Mishna, part of Jewish traditions, which have
preserved the record and sayings of the great rabbis,
passes by this Simeon, perhaps owing to the hatred
which this famous teacher incurred, because of his
belief in Jesus of
A common Jewish prayer of that time - “may I see
the Consolation of
v. 26 - Legend is that Simeon was puzzled by Isaiah 7:14
At length he received a supernatural intimation that
he should not see death until he had seen the
fulfillment of the strange prophecy, the meaning
of which he had long failed to see.
v. 27 - “custom of the law”
In this day the danger of Matt. 15:6 - “ye made the
commandment of God of none effect by your
tradition” - Put it to the polls - skew the polls -
propaganda - disobedience - tribulation - destruction.
v. 28 - Discerning the hidden glory of Jesus.
v. 29 - “thy servant” - Josh. 23:14
I am satisfied - let me now depart in peace.
Many get their satisfaction in things that are seen
and temporal - taking pleasure in money, in wielding
power, in gaining honor – To these types will the
Second Coming of Jesus be revealed or will the
be like those during the time of the Flood, of
which the scripture said “And knew not until the
flood came, and took them all away”- (Matthew 24:38)
Scripture - “the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor
the ear with hearing” - Eccl. 1:8
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you” - ch. 14:27
vs. 30-32 - “mine eyes have seen thy salvation”
“which thou has prepared before the face
of all people” -
in the early 70’s - leery of someone who has something
Some believe - some don’t - Acts 28:24-28
v. 34 - It became clear as time unfolded that those who
were ignorantly supposed to be blind were the
souls seeing God and equally clear that those
who claimed to know everything had eyes that
were against the light.
John 12: 39-40 - a moral impossibility inherited by the Jews
through ages of rebellion & insensibility to Divine
grace and misuse of revelation - “they could not
believe. A fixed law - power unused destroys itself -
persistent disregard for religion makes it more difficult
to obey or believe.
Is challenging a nativity scene on public property
diffusing this blindness?
A solemn passage quoted four other places in NT
Luke 8:10 Matt. 13:14-15 Mark 4:12
The unforced & willful rejection of the Divine Word
is visited by a withdrawal of the faculty to receive
even more accessible & apprehensible truth.
Until - Back to square one - v. 25
John 14:10-11 - There is no right understanding of
Jesus Christ until the Father is seen in Him.
He is the Image of His substance
Agent of His purpose
Speaker of His words
Doer of His works (salvation from sin &
righteousness of life)
v. 12 - Which is greater - a soul being saved by the
preached word or a person healed through
v. 34 - for the next three centuries the name of Jesus
shamed and despised.
A Corner Stone - a stumbling stone.
For some - a stepping stone, a strong foundation,
For others - a stumbling stone - Matt. 21:44