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O Come, All Ye Faithful (Matthew 2:1-2)

December 24, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:

During this Christmas season, here at East Point Church, we have begun an Advent series entitled “Christ, God with Us“, to which we reflect on historical hymns in light of the Gospel. This week’s sermon invokes great emotion with “O Come, All Ye Faithful”. Pastor Carter cheerfully exclaims that the reason is Christ saving sinners. The focus of this sermon is on our need to come to Christ, for He is our King, He is our Salvation and He is our Satisfaction.

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Jesus Christ: Our King

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him (Matthew 2:1-2).”

Why do we come to Jesus Christ? The first reason is simply because He is our King. These wise men come to Jerusalem, to which King Herod was given authority. However, unlike those within this region, these men recognized that there was a King in Jerusalem and kings do not come to you, they do the inviting. How much greater was this King in Jerusalem, to whom even Gentiles come from different lands to worship Him?

Jesus Christ: Our Salvation

Secondly, we come to Christ because He is our Salvation. He did not come to give this world a holiday. He came into the world to save sinners (Luke 19:10; 1 Timothy 1:15). He was born to die, so that those who are dead might live (John 12:23-28; Romans 5:8). Sin in the world and in us has no solution apart from Him (Acts 4:12).

Jesus Christ: Our Satisfaction

Not only is Christ our King and our Salvation, but He is also our Satisfaction. He is the truest friend ever known to man, providing a listening ear in the time of need while fully able to meet the need (cf. Proverbs 18:24; John 13:15). He is a faithful brother, who will bear with us even in the stormiest of times (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 2:10-13). Above all, He is a tender Lover, who is able to see the unlovely and proceed to love them unconditionally (Isaiah 1:18; Zephaniah 3:17; John 3:1 6-21, 17:23; 1 Corinthians 13).

Why do you come to Christ?

Christmas means nothing, if it is not Jesus saving from sin. Christmas was announced because of the ugliness of sin; and sin does not take a holiday. The promise of Christmas is Christ is coming again!

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