By Pastor Bob Lewis
Blackstone Valley Baptist Church, Cumberland, RI
Text: Luke 2:8-14
Introduction: Today we will look at the ongoing saga of what God want's us to see when in His word he says, "BEHOLD!"
I. BEHOLD THE BABY! vs 10 -11
It's a Boy!
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
II. BEHOLD THE FATHER'S SON!
Twelve years old!
Luke 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
III. BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD!
Thirty Years Old!
John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
Genesis 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here [am] I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where [is] the lamb for a burnt offering?
Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth [day] of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of [their] fathers, a lamb for an house:
Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
I Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
IV. BEHOLD THE MAN!
33 1/2 years old!
John 19:4 Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him. 5 Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And [Pilate] saith unto them, Behold the man! 6 When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify [him], crucify [him]. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify [him]: for I find no fault in him.
Isaiah 53:5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put [him] to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see [his] seed, he shall prolong [his] days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
To have been-
The cup that His lips touched
The Bread which He broke
The cloth that He held as He served
The water He poured as He spoke
To have been the road He walked upon
Or His print in the sand
To have been the the door opening the tomb
BUT I WAS THE NAIL IN HIS HAND!
V. BEHOLD THE SAVIOUR!
Three Days Later
* Luke 24:36-45
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
THE ETERNAL WORD BECAME THE LIVING WORD; WHEN HE WENT BACK TO HEAVEN HE LEFT US HIS WRITTEN WORD!
John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
VI. BEHOLD THE KING!
2,000 years later!
Kodak gives you pictures of Yesterday
Poloroid gives you pictures of today
But only God can give you pictures of tomorrow!
God can give pictures of the FUTURE!
Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they [also] which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 1:18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
THE KING IS COMING...AGAIN!
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed [is] he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
Revelation 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed [is] he that keepeth
the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
HE IS COMING WON'T YOU COME TO MEET HIM?
Conclusion: You may remember His as the great teacher, the gentle shepherd or the miracle worker. Let's not forget what God thaought about Him when He said BEHOLD! lET'S NOT BE GUILTY OF SEEING ONLY ONE OF HIS MANY SNAPSHOTS. GOD HAS GIVEN US SO MANY VIEWS OF HIM!
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