Sermon Transcript – When Heaven Meets Earth: Jesus Did You Know?

1 Year Lectionary – Second Wednesday in Advent – Wednesday, December 8, 2021 | Pr. Chris Rosebrough

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We proclaim Christ and Him crucified for our sins and salvation by grace through faith alone, and now, here’s a message from Pastor Chris Rosebrough:
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0:28tonight’s gospel is taken from the
0:30gospel of luke chapter 2.
0:34starting at verse 41. now Jesus’s
0:37parents went to jerusalem every year at
0:39the feast of the passover
0:41and when he was 12 years old they went
0:43up according to custom
0:45and when the feast was ended as they
0:47were returning the boy Jesus stayed
0:50behind in jerusalem his parents did not
0:52know it but supposing him to be in the
0:55group they went a day’s journey but then
0:58they began to search for him among their
1:00relatives and acquaintances
1:02and when they did not find him they
1:04returned to jerusalem searching for him
1:06after three days they found him in the
1:07temple sitting among the teachers
1:09listening to them and asking them
1:12and all who heard him were amazed at his
1:16and his answers and when his parents saw
1:19him they were astonished and his mother
1:21said to him son why have you treated us
1:23so behold your father and i have been
1:26searching for you in great distress and
1:29he said to them
1:30why were you looking for me did you not
1:33know that i must be in my father’s house
1:36and they did not understand the saying
1:38that he spoke to them and he went down
1:40with them and came to nazareth and was
1:42submissive to them and his mother
1:44treasured up all these things in her
1:46heart and Jesus increased in wisdom and
1:49in stature and in favor with god
1:52and man
1:53in the name of Jesus
1:56all right it’s that time of the year
1:58when out come the Christmas carols the
1:59popular ones and even the unpopular ones
2:02and i would note that there was a fad
2:05that seemed to run through our society
2:08not that long ago and there was a song
2:11that everybody was hearing everybody was
2:14singing everyone was kind of excited
2:15about and it well it was such a flash in
2:18the pan now that if you even mention the
2:21name of that song
2:22people roll their eyes
2:25it’s the song
2:26mary did you know
2:29have you heard it you know that on
2:31youtube that one version of it put out
2:33by pentatonix has been viewed over
2:38million times
2:40and it’s one of those songs when you
2:42first hear it
2:43you sit there and you go you know
2:44actually it’s kind of refreshing to hear
2:47such good incarnational theology
2:50regarding the birth of Christ because
2:52always and again the refrain as mary did
2:54you know and then talking about the
2:56things that Jesus did did you know that
2:58he would give sight to the blind that
3:00you know all the things that he would do
3:02and and as it goes it’s not a bad tune
3:06but nowadays when you mention that that
3:09tune there are people
3:12and i’ve even seen satirical responses
3:15somebody asked the question mary did you
3:17know and they get a very loud yes she
3:20knew of course she
3:24such is the cynicism of our day but i
3:26would note that a better question
3:30and one that i read in another pastor’s
3:32sermon he was telling a story about how
3:35in one of his catechism classes there
3:37was a kid in his catechism class who
3:39asked the question did Jesus know
3:42did he know that he was the son of god
3:44did he know that he was god in human
3:48not a bad question and so the text that
3:51we are looking at here tonight
3:53for uh for our second midweek advent
3:57really answers the question and this
3:59question itself is quite stunning the
4:01answer is
4:02yeah he did know in fact what’s really
4:06interesting about this particular text
4:08is that it
4:10well Jesus’s answer kind of hints at the
4:12fact that
4:13mary should have known more than she did
4:17one of those things but always and again
4:19this is kind of a thorny authority text
4:22and the reason why it’s a thorny text is
4:24Jesus legitimately went missing for
4:26three days and and and you have to ask
4:29the question did did Jesus fall short
4:32here was he disobeying his parents
4:34answer no not at all
4:37and so here our our text will be
4:39actually helpful to work our way through
4:41back from the gospel of luke now Jesus’s
4:44parents they went to jerusalem every
4:46year at the feast of the passover and we
4:48learned from the gospel luke chapter 2
4:50that Jesus’s parents although humble and
4:54not well padded in their bank account
4:57let’s say they were poor better way to
4:58put it right
5:00joseph is pretty much a blue-collar
5:03hard-working fellow and the the word
5:05that we use for
5:09could also be translated construction
5:13all right so what is joseph he is the
5:16heir by the way he is the heir to the
5:18throne of david legitimately the right
5:21descendant who should be sitting on the
5:23throne of israel
5:25but there is no real throne of israel at
5:29this point and king herod
5:33and his
5:34family dynasty after him they’re not
5:37even jews
5:38and so when we come to the story of the
5:41birth of Christ in his childhood we
5:44don’t get too much information but one
5:46of the things we see
5:48is that mary and joseph
5:50they fear god and they obey his
5:54commandments and this is super important
5:56for us because Christ is sinless and
5:59some of the things that were required
6:01for Jesus to do as an infant he couldn’t
6:04do them for himself
6:06instead his parents had to do them for
6:09him like presenting him in the temple
6:11circumcising him things of this nature
6:13and also when you read torah then you
6:16learn that the jews who were
6:19in covenant with god in the mosaic
6:20covenant the men were supposed to
6:23present themselves in jerusalem in the
6:26presence of god at the temple the place
6:28where god caused his name to dwell
6:32they were supposed to show up for the
6:34different feast days and so
6:37on this particular occasion the whole
6:40the whole family they jump into their
6:43family minivan
6:45no actually they didn’t have one of
6:47those they probably walked from nazareth
6:50to jerusalem
6:51and and they are heading to the passover
6:54feast Jesus is required to be there
6:57joseph is required to be there the women
6:59are not but the women they they often
7:02time accompany their family and so when
7:05he was this all happens when he’s 12
7:07years old so they are faithfully obeying
7:10god’s law
7:11and Jesus here is required to do these
7:13things and this is very good they went
7:16up according to custom and when the
7:17feast was ended as they were returning
7:20the boy Jesus stayed behind in jerusalem
7:22important to note that Jesus didn’t
7:24actually disobey a command you know he
7:27did what his mom didn’t say be there or
7:31and so Jesus what did he do well we know
7:34from this text he goes into the temple
7:37spends time with those who are teaching
7:40asking them questions in fact his
7:42parents didn’t know that he was not in
7:44the family group they supposed him to be
7:46there and they went a whole day’s
7:47journey and then you can kind of see
7:49what happens here around this time of
7:51the year a lot of people watch those
7:52movies home alone right home alone and
7:55home alone too i think those are the
7:56only two that should exist i just i’m
7:58just saying all right and then you know
8:01and then you got that moment where
8:04kevin mcallister’s mom realizes that
8:07kevin is not with the family the first
8:09time in paris second time you know
8:11they’re heading down to florida for
8:13Christmas and she has that big moment
8:15where she goes
8:16kevin right
8:18i can just see mary going
8:22where is yeshua right
8:24and and the poor lady i mean the stress
8:26of the moment has got to be overwhelming
8:32she legitimately lost track of the
8:35you know she had she had one assignment
8:38she understood the assignment all she
8:39needed to do
8:42all she needed to do is keep tracking
8:44Jesus and keep them safe and he’s
8:47gone missing right so they stop what
8:49they’re doing they head back a day’s
8:51journey back to jerusalem and they
8:54didn’t find him
8:56they returned searching him after three
8:58days they found him in the temple
9:00sitting among the teachers listening to
9:02them and asking them questions what’s
9:05really interesting about the home alone
9:06movies is that in home alone 2 kevin
9:09mcallister’s mother
9:11figures out where she can find her lost
9:13son because what does he like
9:16he likes Christmas trees so she heads to
9:18rockefeller center and wouldn’t you know
9:20it there’s a big Christmas tree there in
9:21rockefeller center and there’s kevin
9:23mcallister you see mary should have put
9:25this all together mary didn’t you know
9:30you see
9:31sorry you’ll note i’m doing a lot of
9:33play on words tonight i’m getting groans
9:35and laser beams from certain
9:38people here in the congregation work
9:39with me folks work with me right
9:45they found him in the temple
9:47they were astonished
9:49his mother said to him son
9:52why have you treated us so before behold
9:54your father and i we’ve been searching
9:56for you
9:57great distress and she’s not speaking
9:59hyperbolically all right i i once
10:02misplaced one of my kids at the local
10:05for a few minutes the utter panic the
10:08ice cold feeling that runs through your
10:10body that whole thing about you know
10:12your blood running cold that’s for real
10:14the poor parents of Jesus that great
10:16distress for three days but note what
10:18Jesus said
10:20why were you looking for me
10:25mary didn’t you know
10:27right i must be
10:30in my father’s house
10:32and the answer to the question did Jesus
10:34know that he was god in human flesh is
10:36right here yeah
10:37he knew
10:38he absolutely knew and that’s kind of
10:40the point because scripture is so clear
10:43on this that Jesus although he is by
10:45nature god he did not consider equality
10:48with god a thing to be grasped when he
10:49emptied himself taking on the form of a
10:52servant and he humbled himself by
10:54becoming obedient even at the point of
10:56death death on the cross you see Jesus
10:59knew full well
11:00where he was from who his father was he
11:03knew that he was god in human flesh and
11:06at the same time in his state of
11:07humiliation Christ did not make full use
11:10of the powers of his divinity although
11:13he had every right to if he wanted to
11:15you’ll note that the count doesn’t tell
11:17us that when Jesus was 11 years old he
11:19scared all of his school kid friends
11:21away by glowing in the dark he didn’t do
11:23any of that right instead in his state
11:26of humiliation he muted his divinity and
11:31for a time
11:33in a state where he was being obedient
11:36to the point of death in fact we see
11:38here in this text
11:39that Jesus went with him came to
11:41nazareth and was submissive to them in
11:44fact Jesus himself as a child grew in
11:46wisdom and in stature and the psalmist
11:49make it clear that Jesus learned
11:51obedience to the father
11:53through what he suffered hard to believe
11:56that god and human flesh although god
11:59knows all things he’s omniscient he’s
12:01omnipotent all powerful that Christ
12:04chose not to tap into all of that and
12:07like every other kid
12:10in his time whatever it would have been
12:12to live a normal childhood at that time
12:15in his region of the world
12:17he had to go to school he had to learn
12:19his alex bates gimmels in dallas and
12:21probably had to learn his alphas betas
12:23right and because he had to probably
12:25learn greek along the way too and maybe
12:27he also had to learn latin folks in that
12:29region of the world
12:31seem to know a few languages in order to
12:34and so Jesus he does all of these things
12:38so that he can then be the spotless lamb
12:42of god who takes away the sin of the
12:43world and as to whether or not Christ
12:46sinned in this matter the scripture is
12:48very clear that Christ never sinned in
12:51hebrews 4
12:52talking about Jesus as our great high
12:54priest it says we have then a great high
12:57priest who has passed to the heavens
12:59Jesus the son of god so let us hold fast
13:02to our confession
13:04we do not have a high priest who is
13:06unable to sympathize with our weaknesses
13:08but one who in every respect has been
13:11tempted as we are yet is without sin did
13:16Jesus sin in this regard not at all
13:19in fact mary should have known
13:22should have known where Jesus was should
13:24have known that his mission was to come
13:28and save us because that’s exactly what
13:31the angel told her
13:32his name will be called
13:35for he will save his people from their
13:37sins and so as we consider then the
13:40mystery of the incarnation and the
13:42mystery that not only did god
13:45join us in our human state in human
13:49flesh and had 10 fingers and 10 toes
13:53also had to learn his abcs and also
13:56freaked his parents out for a few days
13:59we know then that Christ
14:01because of what he’s gone through in a
14:03state of humiliation that he sympathizes
14:07with our weaknesses
14:09you know
14:10we live in a day right now where it
14:12seems like every week we hear a report
14:15of somebody that we know
14:18or love who’s come down with covid and
14:21every time that happens we kind of hold
14:23our breath
14:24and we pray
14:26you know i think about ryan and amy
14:28seavers you know who we’ve been serving
14:31in our leather outreach now for years
14:34both of them having been in the hospital
14:36one of them was just released yesterday
14:38and amy is still in the hospital but we
14:41got to report that she’s getting better
14:43but you’ll note that each and every one
14:45of us the reason why we suffer
14:46sicknesses and illnesses and things like
14:49this is due to the fact that we’ve
14:51messed up god’s good creation through
14:54our sin and as a result of it we suffer
14:57from colds and flus and cancer and
15:01arthritis and old age and things of this
15:03nature but worse than that we all
15:06struggle then with sin
15:11and it’s just a daily
15:15and at times
15:19embarrassed by our weakness
15:22we sometimes feel that god doesn’t want
15:25to put up with us anymore we’re tempted
15:27to basically
15:28think and maybe the devil has whispered
15:31in your ear you know if you really were
15:33a Christian you’d have your act far
15:35better together than you do
15:37right what do you do in a situation like
15:39that well when you’re sick
15:42you go to the doctor and you tell the
15:44doctor i’m sick
15:46and the
15:47doctor says what are your symptoms you
15:48explain your symptoms if you have a rash
15:51you show them the rash if you have a
15:52lesion you show them the legion if you
15:54have something that’s bugging you and
15:56it’s internal they go and they take an
15:59x-ray of what’s going on
16:01right if you’re sick and you feel like
16:03you have covid you have a test and then
16:05you you actually get care
16:07that’s kind of the same way note that
16:10god isn’t standing far off going you
16:12know i’m waiting for you to just hit the
16:15gym and would you go and get yourself
16:17strong so that you don’t have all this
16:19weakness in relation to sin
16:23instead we know this
16:25that Jesus our high priest
16:28because he has been tempted in every
16:31way that we have
16:33and is without sin that he legitimately
16:36sympathizes with our weaknesses
16:40he’s the one that you can go to and so
16:43and say to him Jesus
16:46right now i’m struggling
16:48right now i haven’t got my act together
16:51today i have been tempted to sin in this
16:54direction in this direction in this
16:55direction and much to my shame i have
16:58given in to that temptation in this
17:02and Christ doesn’t sit up there and go
17:06i i have no idea how to deal with this
17:10this is this i don’t understand this at
17:14far from it
17:16he sympathizes with our weaknesses
17:18in fact
17:19he himself
17:22our sin in his body
17:25going to the cross and bleeding and
17:26dying for each and every one of our
17:29weaknesses each and every one of our
17:32sins and he is our great high priest and
17:35hebrews then here says because of this
17:38we can have confidence
17:41confidence what a big word
17:44you have confidence nowadays and people
17:45will accuse you being arrogant uh-uh
17:48this isn’t arrogance arrogance is that
17:51self-reliance that’s self-love here we
17:54have confidence not in ourselves we have
17:56confidence in the one who sympathizes
17:59with our weaknesses bled and died for
18:01our sins so now because he can
18:04sympathize with our weaknesses we can
18:06draw near to the throne of grace with
18:10so that we can receive from our god
18:15and find
18:17grace that is necessary to help us in
18:21our time of need
18:27how cool Jesus is
18:29paul puts it this way
18:31in second corinthians chapter five
18:36all of this
18:38he says
18:39hang on a second here
18:43i flipped to the wrong page there you go
18:45he says all of this is from god
18:48all of this who through Christ
18:51has reconciled us to himself
18:54and gave us the ministry of
18:57you see Jesus knew
19:00he knew that he was god
19:02he knew that he was sent to earth to
19:04fulfill a mission to reconcile us to god
19:07to take the strained relationship that
19:10had broken by our sin
19:12and to repair the breach by his laying
19:16down of his life so that we can be
19:18forgiven all of this is from god and as
19:20a result of what Christ has done he
19:22himself has given us the ministry of
19:24reconciliation think of it this way that
19:26is that Christ in Christ god was
19:29reconciling the world to himself that’s
19:31what he sent Jesus to do
19:34not to judge us not to send us to hell
19:37not to condemn us he sent Christ into
19:40the world to reconcile us to himself
19:43by not counting our trespasses against
19:47and note then that we as Christians then
19:50we are entrusted with this message of
19:53we as Christians are ambassadors now for
19:57god is making his appeal through us
20:00and so we should implore
20:02others and implore as many people as we
20:06on behalf of Christ to be reconciled to
20:08god and here we get these great words
20:11for see our sake god made Christ to be
20:14sin who knew no sin
20:16so that in him we might become the
20:18righteousness of god
20:20brothers and sisters our god is amazing
20:23and the story of the incarnation is
20:26mind-blowing in all of its capacities
20:29and so let us this advent season
20:31continue with the work of recognizing
20:34our weaknesses
20:36recognizing our sins recognizing that
20:40scripture is clear that Christ has
20:42suffered these same temptations and is
20:44without sin and despite the fact that he
20:47was without sin he instead took up your
20:50sin and iniquity and mine bled for us
20:52and died for us reconciled us to god and
20:55given us a joyful message to proclaim to
20:59the world
21:01hmm it’s almost like you can begin to
21:05well Christmas carols
21:14right glory to God in the highest peace
21:18on earth
21:20those God is reconciled to Himself the
21:23story of Christmas is just around the
21:25corner let us repent of our sin cast off
21:28the sin that so easily entangles us and
21:30run the race
21:32as if it was our last day in the name of
21:34Jesus amen
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