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Midweek Advent Service

December 16, 2020 Speaker: Murray Keith Series: Advent

†††In the Name of Jesus†††
Pastor Murray Keith
Text: Midweek Advent
Date: December 16th, 2020
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
  • In the Christmas carol “What Child Is This” we sing the “King of kings salvation brings.”
  • This is what Christmas is all about.
  • This is what we anticipate and prepare for during the season of Advent.
  • Christ the King is born in our flesh to save us from all of our enemies. Sin. Satan.  Death.
  • This is the miracle of the incarnation. Christ Jesus, begotten of his Father before all worlds, is the Word now made flesh.
  • The Word through which everything was created entered this sin-filled and fallen world to recreate what is ruined by our sin.
  • The Christ was conceived in the throne of the Virgin’s womb to later die in our frail flesh - to save us. 
  • Now the King of kings sits at the Father’s right hand on the throne crowned in glory.
  • The King of kings salvation brings!
  • To be the king!  Even for just one day.  
  • Think of the power, the prestige, and the possessions. 
  • Think of the incredible experiences, of being served what you want when you want it!
  • We get a sense of what it would be like to be a king or queen when we watch shows like The Crown.
  • The grandeur and splendour!   
  • But kingdoms in this world rise and fall, they do not stand forever.
  • The kings and kingdoms of this world are not exempt from the consequences of sin.
  • But Jesus says that his kingdom is not of this world.
  • And he certainly is not the king that the people were expecting.
  • They wanted a strong, mighty, and powerful king.  
  • They wanted one who would rise to political power, one who would bring them wealth and the good life.  
  • They found none of this in Jesus.
  • What sort of King is born in a dirty stable to peasant parents?  
  • What sort of King calls fishermen and tax collectors to be his disciples?  
  • What sort of King kneels down with an adulterous woman and challenges the Pharisees and Sadducees to acknowledge their own sin?  
  • What sort of King makes his grand entrance on a borrowed donkey?
  • What sort of a King is Jesus?
  • Jesus is not the King that the world is looking for - but he is the King we desperately need.
  • He is the King who cared enough to leave his throne in heaven to enter this world to endure sin and suffering and death for our sake.  
  • And Jesus was most our King, most our Saviour, in the moments when the world only saw great weakness and defeat.
  • He was King of kings when he was led before Pilate.
  • When the soldiers tortured him. 
  • When the crowds taunted and jeered at him.  
  • He was King of kings when they mocked him, put a crown of thorns on his head, and a robe on his back. 
  • He was King of kings when he carried his cross, forgave the sins of the thief and promised him eternal life.  
  • When he cried out to his Father in pain and anguish and gave up his Spirit.
  • The world will see the last days of Jesus, his passion, as far from kingship.  
  • But there was no other way to save a dying world.  
  • The King of kings had to do the unthinkable - he had to die.
  • Jesus Christ comes into the flesh not to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for the world (Matthew 20:28). To give his life for you.
  • The King of kings serves us today through his Word and Sacraments through which he delivers his forgiveness and salvation, freeing us from our sins and strengthening us to live as his people serving one another and the world
  • For to us a child is born and of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise the song on high, 
the virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy, for Christ is born, 
the babe, the son of Mary! Amen.
(LSB #370, v.3)
 
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus unto life everlasting. Amen.

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