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ROBERT >> Good morning. We’re so glad that you’ve joined us today for The Truth In Love. If you were with us last week, you remember we began talking about Jesus, the holy one. One place where we see that is in Luke chapter 1, where he is presented as the one born of God. This is not the beginning of his existence. We learned last week that he existed from eternity, that he is deity, he is one of the three persons of God along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But this one would be miraculously conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit in the virgin Mary.

The holy one, Jesus, would be born of God into this world. Yes, God himself in the form of Jesus Christ stepped into our world in the form of a human being. And he did this to save us from our sins. He did this to become our savior.

That’s what his name means: Jesus, Yahweh, our savior. He is the only sacrifice that could possibly atone for our sins. Only the sacrifice of a perfect one, a holy one like Jesus could be accepted by God as payment for sin. And so he became one of us, he lived a perfect life, and he offered his body for the sins of the world. Let me read to you from Isaiah 53:5-6, where 750 years before Jesus was ever born, Isaiah looked into that time when he would come and what he would do for us in the giving of his life upon the cross of Calvary.

Here’s how Isaiah puts it beginning in verse 5 of Isaiah 53, But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Yes, Jesus the holy one is Yahweh our savior. He and he alone could possibly take away our sins.

In 2 Corinthians 5:21 the apostle Paul said that the one who knew no sin was made to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Hebrews 5:8-9 reminds us that, Though he was a Son, yet learned He obedience through the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, He became the author of eternal life to all those who obey Him. Now, having looked at Jesus as that one born of God, the holy one, Yahweh, our savior, I want to go a little bit further in Luke chapter 1 and see what else we learn about this holy one, and I want you to read verse 32 and verse 33.

Here the Bible says, He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

I want us to see his magnificent kingdom, how David, King David of the Old Testament, the king of Israel, was chosen by God to be king over his people Israel and how that God promised him that he would one day set up his seed, one from his body, establish his kingdom, the throne of his kingdom forever. Go back with me if you will to 2 Samuel chapter 7, where God made this promise to King David. 2 Samuel chapter 7, and let’s begin in verse 12. When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.

Now, of course we know that Solomon came from the body of David and he sat upon David’s throne. His kingdom was established in Solomon. But this promise of God goes beyond Solomon to a greater son of David. Look in verse 16 of 2 Samuel 7. And your house and your kingdom shall be established forever before you. Your throne shall be established forever. That promise would find its fulfillment in Jesus, the one born of God.

You remember, of course, from Luke chapter 1 that Mary was engaged to Joseph. Joseph was of the house of David. And marrying Mary, he became the legal father of her child; and the child, his adopted son; and thus, Jesus Christ would be heir to David’s throne through his legal father, Joseph.

In Matthew the 1st chapter, I want you to notice how Matthew speaks of Jesus Christ, of his genealogy, going back to David. In Matthew chapter 1, in the first two verses, The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. And as you go on reading, in verse 6 you’ll see, And Jesse begot David the king. David the king begot Solomon, and if we continue on in verse 16, And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. And thus you see Jesus Christ through his legal father David inherited the legal right to the throne of David.

Now, if you look in Luke’s account where Luke also gives a genealogy of Jesus Christ, in Luke chapter 3 you’ll see where that Jesus not only has the legal right to the throne of David through his legal father Joseph, but he also has the blood right to the throne of David through his mother, Mary. Here in Luke chapter 3, as we look at this genealogy, it begins here in verse 23. Now Jesus Himself began His ministry at about 30 years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, the son of Heli. Now of course, Joseph here was not the son of Heli except by marriage. Heli was actually Mary’s father. And so we’re reading here the genealogy of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

And you can see that Mary descended also from David as you go back to verse 31 of this chapter, where it speaks of the son of Nathan, the son of David, the son of Jesse. So what we see in these two genealogies is that Jesus the Christ through his legal father David had the legal right to the throne of David. And through his mother Mary had the blood right to the throne of David.

It was this connection with David that caused Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem at his birth. You remember Luke the 2nd chapter, where we read about the birth of Jesus? Look with me there beginning in verse 1 of Luke chapter 2.

And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from see Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. And so it was that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

At his birth, at Jesus’ birth, there was no royal celebration. There wasn’t even any room in the inn for him. He was laid in a manger. Because you see, at this time, the Romans ruled Palestine, not Israel. The Jews were not in charge. And so Joseph was not even recognized, acknowledged as royalty. Neither was his child. But Micah the prophet had said long ago that a ruler would be born in Bethlehem.

Look what Micah says. Micah 5:2. The old prophets all spoke of the coming of Jesus the Christ; but Micah pinpointed exactly where he would be born.

Here it says, But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, 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 old, from everlasting. This everlasting one, this eternal one would come from the little town of Bethlehem of Judah. And so we see that fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

He is indeed the Christ. Jesus is that promised one who would establish forever God’s throne. Let’s look at it in Acts the 2nd chapter beginning in verse 29, where the apostle Peter proclaims this very thing about Jesus who has now died and been resurrected and ascended into the clouds to heaven with God.

In Acts 2:29 Peter says, Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand till I make Your enemies Your footstool.

You see, in the resurrection of Jesus, he was brought to the right hand of God. And thus the promise that God made to David long ago, that one from his body would establish his kingdom forever, has been fulfilled in Jesus the Christ. Christ’s kingdom began that day with three thousand souls. Look what it says in verse 41. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Those folks who heard this message, obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ, repenting of their sins, being baptized for the remission of their sins, as we read in verse 38, and God added them to his church, and that church continued to grow in number as souls were being saved.

You read about it in verse 47, how they were praising God, and having favor with all the people, and the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Christ’s kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. It is a heavenly kingdom. It is a spiritual kingdom. And this is something that Jesus tried to help the people to understand when he was on this earth talking about that kingdom that would come.

In Luke 17:20 the Bible says, Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! or See there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you. It is his rule and his reign in the heart that makes up his kingdom. That’s what his kingdom is about. John 18:36-37 brings us to that time when Jesus stood before Pilate, who would ultimately put him to death on the cross. Pilate asked him about his kingdom. And look how Jesus responds. John 18:36, Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here. 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. And everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.

It’s not the physical house of Jacob, but it’s the spiritual one that are the true people of God, those who have the faith of Abraham, those who believed in the one who would come from him to bless all nations.

Yes, we are all sons of God who have been baptized into Jesus Christ in obedience to the gospel. We are in fact Abraham’s seed through Jesus Christ. Look at this in Galatians 3:26-29. Galatians chapter 3, beginning in verse 26. For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

You see, unless one is born again, born spiritually, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. If you’ll look with me in John the 3rd chapter, you’ll see how Jesus explained this to Nicodemus. It was not enough to simply be born of Abraham’s physical seed, to be of physical Israel; no, it’s spiritual Israel that are truly the kingdom of Christ.

In John 3:3, Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Jesus taught Nicodemus that to be a part of his grand kingdom, his great church, this kingdom that would be established forever, one must be born spiritually in the waters of baptism.

There is a washing of rebirth, a renewal of the Holy Spirit according to Titus 3:5. In Revelation 1:5 we know that our sins are washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. He has the cleansing power, and he’s provided that for us in his blood. But you see, we come in contact with that blood, that is, we are benefited by that blood, we receive that cleansing when we come to Christ in obedience to the gospel in baptism.

The preacher said in Acts 22:16, Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Yes, the kingdom of Christ has come, and we can all be a part of it. In Colossians the 1st chapter, I want you to notice what the apostle Paul said to the church there, reminding them of the fact that God had placed them in his kingdom because of their faith and obedience to Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:13, the Bible says, He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. The Hebrew writer also spoke of this glorious kingdom in Hebrews 12:28-29. Here he writes, Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for our God is a consuming fire.

Christ is reigning in his kingdom as he ascended to God’s right hand. We are part of his kingdom as we submit to him and obey him. And Christ will continue to reign as king in his kingdom until he comes again, at which time he’ll deliver that kingdom from this world to his Father, ushering us all into our eternal home.

Let’s read about that in 1 Corinthians 15:23-26. Here the apostle Paul speaks of that great day of victory. You’ll notice here at the end of verse 23 it mentions Christ at his coming and then says, Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power; for He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. In that great day when he comes again and all are raised and death is defeated in the victory of resurrection, he’ll deliver that kingdom over to his Father. All the enemies will have been defeated.

Jesus the holy one is the king of kings and the Lord of lords in his magnificent kingdom. Jesus the holy one is the one born of God, the promised one, born of a virgin, begotten by the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Yahweh, our savior, Immanuel, God with us, the Son of God who rules from heaven in his kingdom forever. And that’s the one who calls you to trust him for your salvation, to confess him as savior and Lord, the Son of God, to make your decision to turn from sin to live for him, to submit to him in baptism so you can be forgiven and begin your new life in him, and to be faithful to him even unto death, and he promises you eternal life.

As the Bible says in Revelation 2:10, Be faithful unto death, and I’ll give you the crown of life.

I want to leave you with this final passage from 1 John 5:13, where John gives us the basis of our assurance of eternal life. And it’s based upon our faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, our Lord, our savior. 1 John 5:13, John says, These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

Do you believe in the name of the Son of God? Truly believe? Believe so that you trust him with your salvation? Believe so that you will submit to him in obedience to his will, to do what he’s asked us to do so that we might be saved, turning from our sins, being baptized into him. You can be saved today. And may I encourage you, those of you who are Christians who know eternal life in Jesus Christ, to continue to believe in the name of the Son of God, never losing faith. Being honest about your sins, but striving to be obedient to him each day of your life, you can rest in the assurance that he gives you of life eternal. I hope that if you don’t know that today that you’ll let us know here at The Truth In Love how we can help you towards heaven.

>> All to Jesus I surrender, all to him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust him, in his presence daily live.
I surrender all.
I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender.
Lord, I give myself to thee.
Fill me with thy love and power, let thy blessing fall on me.
I surrender all. I surrender all. All to thee, my blessed savior, I surrender all.

>> Years I spent in vanity and pride,
caring not my Lord was crucified,
knowing not it was for me he died on Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan;
oh, the grace that brought it down to man;
oh, the mighty gulf that God did span at Calvary.

Mercy there was great and grace was free,
pardon there was multiplied to me,
there my burdened soul found liberty, at Calvary.

ROBERT >> I do want to thank you for watching our program today, and we would really like to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, if you would like a personal home Bible study or special prayers, if you would like to order today’s lesson or any other lesson on CD, DVD, or in manuscript form, let me encourage you to write The Truth In Love at P.O. Box 865, Hurst, Texas 76053. You may e-mail us at requests@ttil.tv or call our toll-free number, 800-819-2966. And also, please visit our web site at www.ttil.tv. All our materials, our services are absolutely free of charge. We want to thank the many churches of Christ who help support this program and encourage you to visit one of them in your area very soon. Their names will be scrolled on the screen at the end of our program. We just want to do what we can to help us all towards heaven, so let us know how we can help you, and please join us next time right here on The Truth In Love.

>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so, showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long, sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.

Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall, sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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