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Born A Savior

Luke 2:11
Introduction
On one occasion I made a follow up visit to a man I led to the Lord. In this visit one of his friends asked, "what do you need a savior for?" Before I could answer, the new Christian said, "because you can't clean up your life on your own." Now that answer silenced the friend because it rang of verifiable truth for all our lives. We need a Savior. Christ Jesus is the One!

For there is born to you this day in the city

of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.   NKJV

1. Born A . . Provided Savior. 2:11a
"For there is born to you this day in the city of David
a Savior,. . ."

A. Provided Through . . Birth. Matt 1:22-23
    22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the
Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 "Behold, the virgin shallbe with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." NKJV

B. Provided Through . . Biography. 2 Cor 5:21
    For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we
might become the righteousness of God in Him. NKJV

    1 Pe 2:22-24 22 "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth"; 23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, . . ." NKJV

C. Provided Through . . Bloodcurdling Death. Mt. 27:26-30, 35
    26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had
scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. The Soldiers Mock Jesus 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They divided My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots." NKJV

D. Provided Through . . Breathtaking Resurrection. Matt 28:1-6
    1 Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to
dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. 5 But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. NKJV

Illustration
How does the so called saviors of the world compare with Jesus.


Application

Jesus is a Provided Savior.


2. Born A . . Personal Savior. Lk. 2:11 and Mt. 1:21b
"to you
this day in the city of David a Savior,. . ."


A. The . . Individuality Of The Personal Savior. 2:11b
        "to you . . ."


B. The . . Inclusiveness Of The Personal Savior. 2:11b, 1:21
    "to you . . ." Mt. 1:21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." NKJV


Illustration
I have never forgotten the story of the English firefighter that scaled a latter three stories up to save a woman. We he broke the window she was on hiding in the corner and he was barley able to see her because of the thick smoke. He called to her to take his hand that was only a few inches away but the frightened woman panic and withdrew father into the smoke only to perish. When interviewed all the fireman could say, "She wouldn't let me save her."


3. Born A . . Presented Savior. Lk. 2:11c
    "
in the city of David a Savior,. . ."


 A. Presented Savior As . . Today. 2 Cor 6:2; Heb 3:7-8
    2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. NKJV

 Heb. 3 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, NKJV

 B. Presented Savior As . . Now. 2 Cor 6:2;
    2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you,
And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. NKJV

Illustration
I had someone recently tell me they went to church to calm down friends and relatives. They did not have any intention of getting saved that day. They said, "perhaps sometime but not today. They got to the church and their was a big crowd and this man got escorted up to the second row. The preacher seemed to point at him through out the service, and speak right to him. When the invitation was given he went forward and got saved.


Application

That might happen to you because Today is the day and NOW is the time. Jesus is a Present Day Savior


4. Born A . . Promised Savior. Lk. 2:11d & 11e
    "in the city of David
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. NKJV <>

A. Promised The . . City.
Lk. 2:11d
"in the city of David
a Savior, <> Mic 5:2 2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, (EF ruh thuh)
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting."NKJV

B. Promised The . . Christ. Lk. 2:11e
    who is Christ the Lord. NKJV
        1. Josh McDowell
            a. 1017 Power

Mt. 16:13-17 13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 14 And they said, "Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets." 15 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 And Jesus said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. NAS

John 1:41 He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, "We have found the Messiah" (which translated means Christ).NAS

John 4:42 and they were saying to the woman, "It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this One is indeed the Savior of the world." NAS

John 7:31 But many of the crowd believed in Him; and they were saying, " When the Christ comes, He will not perform more signs than those which this man has, will He?" NAS

John 7:42 "Has not the Scripture said that the Christ comes from the descendants of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was? NAS

John 10:24-27 24 The Jews then gathered around Him, and were saying to Him, "How long will You keep us in suspense? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly." 25 Jesus answered them, " I told you, and you do not believe; the works that I do in My Father's name, these testify of Me. 26 "But you do not believe because you are not of My sheep. 27 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; NAS

John 11:27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world." NAS

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are You a king then?"

Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." NKJV


Illustration
World-famed pianist Arthur Rubenstein set back prime minister Golda Meir and a national audience once when told about his professed faith in Jesus Christ over Israeli television. According to a report in the Mount Zion Reporter, the incident took place while Mrs. Meir was interviewing the American-Jewish virtuoso. She asked him to name the "greatest event in your life."

"When I received Jesus the Messiah into my heart," he replied. "Since then my life was changed. I have experienced joy and peace ever since." The report went on to state that at the comment Mrs. Meir leaned back in her chair with an expression of complete surprise! Donald Deffner, Seasonal Illustrations, Resource, 1992, p. 80

Application

A young businessman was rushed to a hospital in serious condition. A doctor predicted that he might die. Not a religious man at the time, he did, however, turn on a radio and heard a Christian song being played: "God Will Take Care Of You." He said that he couldn't get that song out of his mind. He began to pray, and as he did, he reported a sense of energy flowing in. It was near Christmas, a Sunday morning. He heard a group of nurses having a brief worship service in a nearby room and struggled up out of bed and joined them. While there, he committed his life to Jesus Christ. That man recovered. Thereafter, for the rest of his life, he remained faithful to his commitment. He referred every business and every personal decision to God, was resolute in his ethics, living by the teachings of Jesus. You've heard of this man, who told all of this in a book about his life. His name was J. C. Penney. He too insisted throughout his life that Paul was quite right in promising divine help for those in whom Christ's Spirit lives. E. Carver McGriff, LECTIONARY PREACHING WORKBOOK: CYCLE B, Lima: CSS Publishing, 1999.