In this sermon, Pastor Neil talks about the supremacy of Jesus and examines the reasons we celebrate Christmas, man’s brokenness and need for an antidote– the Savior of the World. Here are some excerpts:
We celebrate Christmas not for its sentimentality or family traditions or humanitarian spirit of giving, as much as they may add to our attachment to the season. As Christians, we celebrate Christmas because we celebrate Jesus. We celebrate Jesus because of who He is – the eternal Son of God who is the Creator, Sustainer, Upholder and Heir of all things; the Radiance of God’s glory and the exact Imprint of His nature; the Purifier from all our sins; and the sovereign King who reigns at the right hand of God the Father. He is the One who left the glories of heaven to come and live among us, who was born in a stable and laid in a manger, who lived a sinless life and died a horrible death for us and for our salvation; who rose from the dead and ascended to heaven where He is now seated at the right hand of God the Father. From there, in the fullness of time, He will come again to judge the living and the dead and to bring all of history to completion.
“Mankind faces a singular problem.” There are infinite varieties or evidences of the problem, but it all comes down to a singular root. “People are broken and the world is broken because our friendship with God has been broken, ruined by human rebellion. Humans – you and I –are guilty, enslaved, lost, dead. All of us. Everyone. Everywhere. The guilt must be (atoned for), the debt must be paid, the slave must be (set free). Promising better conduct in the future will not mend the crimes of the past. No, a rescuer must ransom the slaves, a (benefactor) must pay the family debt, a substitute must shoulder the guilt. There is no other way ofescape” (Koukl, The Story of Reality, 131-132).
Only one antidote will cure our sin. Only one antidote will fix what is wrong with us. The antidote we need, the antidote everyone needs – the Savior we all need – is Jesus. Only Jesus. He is superior in every way to anyone or anything else in which you may put your hope. He is the only one Who can rescue us from the mess we have made of our lives. Only Jesus can rescue this world from the mess we have made of it. Only Jesus.
But there is hope and there is victory – victory now and throughout eternity – in the supremacy of Jesus the Son.
He is the reason we celebrate Christmas.