Sermon Transcript – Jesus the Son of Abraham

Series B – Second Wednesday of Advent – Wednesday, December 9, 2020 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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0:28our text today is taken from the gospel
0:30of matthew
0:32chapter 1 verses 1 to 6. the book of the
0:35genealogy of Jesus Christ
0:38the son of david the son of abraham
0:41abraham was the father of isaac isaac
0:43the father of jacob
0:45jacob the father of judah and his
0:47brothers judah the father of perez
0:50and zara by tamar and perez the father
0:53of hezron and hezron the father of ram
0:57ram the father of aminadab and aminadab
0:59the father of nashon and nashon the
1:02father of salman
1:03and salman the father of boaz by rahab
1:07and boaz the father of obed by ruth
1:10and obed the father of jesse and jesse
1:13the father of david the king
1:15and david was the follower father of
1:17solomon by the wife of uriah
1:20Jesus the son of abraham that is the
1:23focus of our meditation
1:25this second mid-week service of
1:29advent and we considered our gospel text
1:32which clearly laid out the
1:34genealogy of our lord Jesus Christ now
1:37not long ago
1:38i did one of those dna tests at
1:42and now i can definitively say that i
1:44that both my dna
1:46and my family tree prove beyond a shadow
1:49of a doubt that i am no one special
1:53there are no highlights to report in
1:56fact some low lights if
1:57i’m being honest with you um so uh
2:00i don’t have any famous people of
2:02history as my ancestors in fact it looks
2:06all of my ancestors are your garden
2:09hard-working european peasant nobodies
2:12whose births and deaths were met with
2:16little if no fanfare at all it just
2:19you know they kind of came and went and
2:21nobody even wrote a paragraph about them
2:23they were lucky if they got their name
2:25put in the white pages
2:26when there used to be these things
2:27called phone books but
2:29all of that being said i will say this
2:32and that is is that Christ
2:33in his genealogy there’s some pretty big
2:36highlights there
2:38abraham david
2:43solomon well he’s kind of getting
2:46but then well well next week we’ll
2:48consider some of the scandalous ones in
2:52in his genealogy but you’ll note that
2:55in Jesus’s time in fact we’ll take a
2:58at the preaching of john the baptist
3:00tonight from the gospel of matthew
3:02chapter 3.
3:03in Jesus time and even to this day there
3:05are some people
3:06who for some weird reason put their
3:10faith in the fact that they are
3:11physical descendants of abraham it’s the
3:16thing in fact there is one particular
3:18fellow who i’ve critiqued on my
3:21on my youtube channel and on fighting
3:23for the faith who
3:25claims that he’s half jewish but when i
3:28checked his ancestry
3:30family tree which was paid for by a
3:32professional genealogist
3:34turns out he’s as jewish as the lucky
3:36charms leprechaun
3:38and uh and but that’s a big deal for him
3:40and there was a lot of people in
3:43that gave him some kind of teaching
3:45credentials based upon the mythology
3:48that he is half jewish and so
3:52there is this big misconception that
3:54somehow being a physical descendant of
3:57that it gives you street creds with god
3:59that like you’re born with like
4:02a certain merits in your favor as it
4:06relates to
4:06the favor of god but here again the
4:09preaching of
4:10john the baptist the forerunner of
4:12Christ himself
4:14and here’s what he says it says in
4:173 in those days john the baptist came
4:19preaching in the wilderness of judea
4:22repent for the kingdom of heaven is at
4:26and you note the text says very clearly
4:28where he was preaching
4:29in judea and so he was telling all of
4:33physical descendants of abraham that
4:35they needed to repent
4:37and for this is he who was spoken by the
4:38prophet isaiah when he said the voice of
4:41one crying in the wilderness
4:42prepare the way of the lord make his
4:45paths straight
4:46apparently all these descendants of
4:48abraham had crooked paths that needed
4:50straightening out
4:52now john wore a garment of camel’s hair
4:54leather belt around his waist and his
4:56food was locus and wild honey
4:58i still haven’t figured out why somebody
5:00hasn’t figured out how to package locust
5:02and wild and
5:03hunt and wild honey and call it the john
5:05the baptist bars
5:07you know could it i mean did that be
5:09worse than keto anyway
5:11but uh you know that’s it’s biblical man
5:13i’m just saying you know
5:15there’s always somebody trying to make
5:16money on those things so when jerusalem
5:18and all judea
5:19and all the region about the jordan were
5:20going out to him they were baptized by
5:23him in the river jordan
5:24confessing their sins but when he saw
5:27many of the pharisees and the sadducees
5:29coming to his baptism he said to them
5:31you brood of vipers
5:34i always liked walter martin’s
5:36explanation of what that particular
5:39means brood of vipers his loose
5:42translation is
5:43your mothers are snakes you know
5:47john the baptist apparently didn’t go to
5:49political correct
5:50rhetoric training school and so he was a
5:52little spicy there
5:54your mothers are snakes who warned you
5:58to flee
5:59from the wrath to come bear fruit in
6:01keeping with repentance
6:03and do not presume to say to yourselves
6:06we have abraham as our father
6:10for i tell you god is able from these
6:12stones to raise up children for abraham
6:15now even the axe is laid at the root of
6:17the trees every tree therefore that does
6:20bear good fruit is cut down and thrown
6:23into the fire in other words being a
6:26descendant of abraham doesn’t automate
6:28automatically make you a good tree that
6:30bears good fruit
6:33something to consider there but
6:36Christ is truly one of the descendants
6:38of abraham and it’s important to note
6:41that he is prophesied of scripture along
6:44abraham the man of faith the ones to
6:48whom the promises were given not one
6:50person but
6:51two one person was given the promises
6:53and that’s abraham and abram believed
6:55god it was credited to him as
6:58but as paul points out in the epistles
6:59of the galatians chapter 3 that the
7:02promise was not given to abraham unto
7:04his offsprings
7:05this is plural but to his offspring
7:09zara singular and that is Christ
7:12so in other words having faith that you
7:15having faith that you have an inside
7:17track with god because
7:19you’re descended from abraham is
7:22if you think about it a foolish faith
7:26abraham was a sinner just like you and i
7:28he was not the messiah
7:30faith in your abrahamic descent is not
7:33even remotely the same
7:35as faith in Christ and notice where the
7:39the focus of the faith is i’ve said it
7:41many times that faith is like eyesight
7:44it always has an object to which it
7:46looks to
7:47does your faith look to Jesus or does
7:50your faith look to your great
7:52pedigree whether it be abraham or some
7:55other thing the nice thing is
7:57i don’t have that luxury i come from
8:00well the salt of the earth you get the
8:03but all of that being said faith in your
8:06ancestry is not
8:07faith in Christ plus if you pay
8:10attention to scripture
8:12abraham was a sinner just like
8:15you and i um we would note that abraham
8:20flat out lied about his marriage to
8:23sarah and told his wife
8:26because he was afraid that he was going
8:28to be murdered because
8:29she was a beautiful woman that if they
8:32knew that he was married to her that
8:34they would kill him
8:35and so he got her to go along with his
8:38idea let’s just lie and say that we
8:41are siblings brother and sister and in
8:44one particular text in genesis
8:46this particular lie of abraham’s nearly
8:50resulted in her being sexually
8:52violated by another man who took
8:55her to be his wife and then
8:59remember when abraham’s wife sarah
9:03got impatient waiting for god’s promise
9:06of a son
9:07she came up with this brilliant idea and
9:09said to abraham
9:11you should sleep with hagar my
9:14and abraham went sure that sounds like a
9:17great idea
9:18and let’s just say there’s been trouble
9:20in humanity ever
9:22since sons of ishmael and the sons of
9:24isaac continue to
9:26argue and quarrel to this day
9:30so if we’re talking about abraham let’s
9:33make this clear
9:34scripture is very clear that abraham
9:37was saved by faith not
9:41by his good works in fact if you’re
9:43trying to be saved by your good works
9:45you had better be 100 percent positive
9:49that you are sin less because that’s
9:52about the only way you’re going to make
9:54but romans 4 helps us out in this regard
9:57reminding us of the faith of abraham
10:00romans 4 verse 1 begins with these words
10:02what then shall we say was gained by
10:05our forefather according to the flesh
10:09if abraham was justified by works then
10:12he has something to boast about but not
10:14before god
10:15for what does the scripture say abraham
10:18god and it was counted or credited to
10:22him as righteousness
10:24now to the one who works his wages are
10:27not counted as a gift
10:28but as his due and to the one who does
10:32work but believes in him who justifies
10:34the ungodly
10:36his faith is counted as righteousness
10:40just as david also speaks of the
10:42blessing of the one
10:44to whom god counts righteous apart from
10:48blessed are those whose lawless deeds
10:50are forgiven
10:51and whose sins are covered blessed is
10:54the man against whom the lord will not
10:57count his sin and that is truly a
11:01indeed because on the face of planet
11:04right now we’re looking at somewhere
11:07between 7 billion and 7.5 billion
11:10people on the planet it’s a little tough
11:12to keep up with the count because it
11:14keeps going
11:15up and of the seven billion plus people
11:19on planet earth right now how many of
11:22are numbered among the godly
11:26by nature not one of them
11:30not me not you not anybody
11:34regardless of the highlights that may
11:36exist in your ancestral
11:38tree we are all sinners and so you’ll
11:42note the blessing that
11:44abraham experienced was the blessing of
11:46the forgiveness of his sins
11:48abraham believed god regarding the
11:50promises and god credited to him as
11:53righteousness and these same promises
11:55now come to us the blessing of abraham
11:58is more to do with the arrival and the
12:01birth of his
12:04great great great great great great
12:05grandson Jesus
12:07the one who would be sinless
12:10sinless in our place perfectly keeping
12:13all the law of god
12:15who never compromised to the point of
12:18even once neither in thought
12:22nor word nor indeed in fact
12:25Christ kept the law perfectly and so it
12:29in him that we receive the promises the
12:33of full pardon forgiveness of sins these
12:35are only for the ungodly
12:37and life eternal and peace with god
12:41all because of what this son of abraham
12:45the very things that abraham himself
12:48could not
12:48accomplish and so paul asked the
12:51question then is this blessing only then
12:52for the circumcised
12:54the ones who are the physical
12:56descendants of abraham
12:58or are these promises not only also for
13:00the uncircumcised
13:02for we say that that faith was counted
13:04to abraham
13:06as righteousness so how then was it
13:09counted to him
13:11was it before or was it after he had
13:13been circumcised
13:15and if you know your genesis well then
13:18you’ll note that
13:18paul is correct when he notes it was not
13:21after but it was before he was
13:24abraham received the sign of
13:25circumcision as a seal of the
13:28that he had by faith while he was still
13:31uncircumcised so the purpose then was to
13:34make him the father
13:35of all who believe without being
13:40so that righteousness would be counted
13:42to them as well
13:44and this is the great mystery the great
13:46amazing thing
13:48about being a Christian about being
13:51united with Christ in his death and his
13:54of having all of our sins washed away of
13:58trusting and having the same faith as
14:01that god then numbers us
14:04among the children of abraham
14:09those who have the same faith as abraham
14:12are also the children of abraham and he
14:14is truly then
14:16by dissent one of their fathers
14:19even if their dna says otherwise
14:24so the purpose was then to make him the
14:25father of all who believe
14:27without being circumcised so that he
14:28might be so that righteousness would be
14:30counted to them as well
14:32and make him the father of also the
14:35circumcised who are not
14:37merely circumcised in the flesh
14:40but had before that uh circumcised let’s
14:44see i lost my place
14:46small text
14:52ah here it is and make him the father of
14:54the circumcised who are not merely
14:55circumcised but also who walk in the
14:57footsteps of the faith
14:59that our father abraham had before he
15:02was circumcised
15:03for the promise to abraham and to his
15:06singular that he would be the heir of
15:09the world did not come through the law
15:12it came through the righteousness of
15:14faith if it is the adherence of the
15:16torah who are to be heirs
15:18then faith itself is null and the
15:21has been voided for the law brings wrath
15:24but where there is no law there is no
15:25transgression that is why it depends on
15:28faith in order that the promise may rest
15:30on grace
15:31and be guaranteed to all of his
15:33offspring you and me
15:34included not only to the adherent of the
15:37law but also to the one who shares the
15:39faith of abraham
15:40who is the father of us all
15:43and with a text like that from romans 4
15:46it says so clearly that everyone who
15:49shares the faith of abraham that abraham
15:51is the father of
15:52all who have that faith it makes no
15:55sense then that somebody would want to
15:57fake their dna fake their heritage
16:01and claim to be a physical descendant of
16:04when they are not because in Christ
16:08is truly according to this text the
16:10father of us all
16:11it’s one of the weird things that when
16:13somebody does something like that they
16:14clearly do not
16:15understand how dissent works regarding
16:19abraham it’s not according to the flesh
16:21it’s according to the promise
16:23that was the whole point of ishmael
16:26isaac the son of promise versus the son
16:29of the slave woman and paul bears that
16:31out in galatians 4.
16:33so in hope abraham believed against hope
16:36that he would become the father of many
16:38nations as he had been told
16:39so shall your offspring be and you’ll
16:42note that we
16:43in Christ we hope against hope that we
16:46would be declared
16:47righteous by god by grace through faith
16:50apart from our works
16:51all because of the mercy and merit won
16:54by Christ
16:55on the cross for ungodly and miserable
16:59sinners like you and i
17:00so he did not weaken in faith when he
17:02considered his own body which was as
17:04good as dead
17:05since he was about a hundred years old
17:07or when he considered the barrenness of
17:09sarah’s womb
17:10no unbelief made him waver concerning
17:13the promise of god
17:14but he grew strong in his faith as he
17:16gave glory to god
17:18and you’ll note we too them by the power
17:20of the holy spirit
17:22even though the reflection that comes
17:25back to us from the mirror of god’s law
17:27says that we are sinners we trust by
17:30faith in the promises of god and we do
17:32not waver in unbelief we believe what
17:34Christ has spoken to us
17:36that we are forgiven that we are
17:38pardoned that we are absolved
17:40that we are reconciled to god and that
17:42we truly have
17:43peace with him so no unbelief made
17:46abraham waver
17:47and through the working of the holy
17:48spirit our faith doesn’t waver either in
17:51the promises
17:52that have been given to us so fully
17:54convinced that god was able to do what
17:56he had promised
17:57we also are fully convinced that god is
17:59able to do what he has promised to us
18:01to save even us to bring us safely
18:06the final jordan into the real promised
18:09land of the new earth
18:10he is fully able to do what he has
18:12promised and there is no reason for us
18:14to cower and fear before god
18:16because of what our brother Jesus has
18:18done that is why
18:20abraham’s faith was counted to him as
18:22righteousness and
18:23paul then says but the words that was
18:25counted to him were not written for
18:27abraham’s sake alone
18:28but they were also written for our sake
18:30and see
18:31it is our faith that will be counted to
18:33us who believe in him
18:35who raised Christ from the dead our lord
18:38who was delivered up for our trespasses
18:41also raised for our justification
18:44and isn’t it amazing that abraham trusts
18:47the promises of god
18:48and we too are counted as children of
18:51trusting in the promises of god now god
18:54has not promised us in this life
18:56you know descendants as multitudinous as
18:59the sands on the seashore
19:01but what he has promised us is full
19:05and peace full forgiveness and grace
19:08and an inheritance given as a gift so we
19:11do not waver just like he doesn’t waver
19:14and so note then romans 9 then goes on
19:16to say but it is not as though the word
19:17of god had failed talking about those
19:20who are true physical descendants of
19:22abraham yet who do not
19:24believe in Jesus for not all who are
19:26descended from israel belong to israel
19:28and not all are children of abraham
19:30because they are his physical
19:32offspring but it is through isaac shall
19:34your offspring be named
19:36and this means that it is not the
19:38children of the flesh who are the
19:39children of god
19:40it is the children of the promise that
19:42are counted as offspring
19:44and the children of the promise that’s
19:49and it’s amazing when you think about it
19:51so know then paul writes in galatians 3
19:54that is those of faith who are the sons
19:56of abraham
19:57and the scripture foreseeing that david
19:59would justify the gentiles by faith
20:01preached the gospel beforehand to
20:03abraham saying in you
20:05shall all the nations be blessed so then
20:07those who are of faith
20:09are blessed along with abraham the man
20:12of faith
20:13so let us cast aside the works of
20:16and all pretenses that our genealogy our
20:19heritage or good upbringing
20:21can somehow merit favor with god
20:24and let us recognize then that we by
20:27faith have something in common
20:29with Jesus all who have faith
20:33in Christ abraham is their father
20:36and so when it says Jesus the son of
20:41we can by faith regardless if we are
20:44or german or polish or japanese or
20:47korean or australian or irish
20:50it doesn’t matter all of us because of
20:52our faith in Christ
20:54we can say that along with Jesus
20:57that abraham is our father in the name
21:00of Jesus
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