Promised Messiah: Son of Man

December 14, 2020 00:21:58
Promised Messiah: Son of Man
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Promised Messiah: Son of Man

Dec 14 2020 | 00:21:58

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Rev. Christopher Chelpka
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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.280 --> 00:00:09.990 Amen, beloved. Let's turn to a few passages this evening. The First 2 00:00:10.150 --> 00:00:16.309 Genesis Chapter Three, verses fourteen and fifteen, and then some verses in Galatians. 3 00:00:30.219 --> 00:01:00.600 This one moment right, let's give our attention to God's word. In 4 00:01:00.679 --> 00:01:07.150 Genesis Chapter Three, the Lord said to the servant, because you have done 5 00:01:07.150 --> 00:01:11.870 this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field. 6 00:01:12.030 --> 00:01:15.590 On your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the 7 00:01:15.670 --> 00:01:19.819 days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman and 8 00:01:19.980 --> 00:01:26.099 between your offspring and her offspring. He shall bruise your head and you shall 9 00:01:26.140 --> 00:01:40.090 bruise his heel. And now from Galatians, glacians chapter four, verses four 10 00:01:40.170 --> 00:02:01.790 and five. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth 11 00:02:01.909 --> 00:02:07.590 his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem 12 00:02:07.669 --> 00:02:12.030 those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 13 00:02:13.069 --> 00:02:15.340 Two more verses. And because you are sons, God has sent the 14 00:02:15.379 --> 00:02:19.580 spirit of his son into our hearts, crying AH, a father. So 15 00:02:19.699 --> 00:02:22.219 are you no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, 16 00:02:22.900 --> 00:02:30.370 then an heir through God. Men. Well, this morning, as I 17 00:02:30.490 --> 00:02:36.930 mentioned, we are continuing our series on the Promised Messiah, considering who it 18 00:02:37.129 --> 00:02:42.330 is exactly that was promised and how Jesus fulfills those promises and is in fact 19 00:02:43.050 --> 00:02:46.919 of the Lord's Messiah, the Anointed One, the Christ. This morning we 20 00:02:47.039 --> 00:02:51.919 consider Jesus as the son of God. This evening I want to consider with 21 00:02:52.039 --> 00:02:58.479 you from the scriptures, Jesus as the son of man. That he is 22 00:02:58.629 --> 00:03:01.710 the son of man, that he would be and was prophesied to be the 23 00:03:01.830 --> 00:03:07.430 son of man, is clear from our passages this evening and others as well. 24 00:03:07.590 --> 00:03:13.659 One other will look out in particular the promise that the Messiah, this 25 00:03:13.819 --> 00:03:15.419 chosen one of God, would be born of a man, as we say, 26 00:03:15.819 --> 00:03:19.300 or as we saw I was we read, comes right from the beginning, 27 00:03:19.300 --> 00:03:23.580 from Genesis chapter three. This is an amazing section for all kinds of 28 00:03:23.659 --> 00:03:29.330 reasons, one of which in this this promise about this future son born of 29 00:03:29.370 --> 00:03:35.129 a woman. This promise comes in the midst of a curse. You remember 30 00:03:35.330 --> 00:03:42.080 that this curse is happening because man has sinned. God put man in the 31 00:03:42.199 --> 00:03:45.879 Garden of Eden. He put a call on his life. He told him 32 00:03:45.919 --> 00:03:52.240 to follow after God, to follow in the footsteps of God, to be 33 00:03:52.479 --> 00:03:55.229 righteous, to be holy, to do the things that God had called him 34 00:03:55.229 --> 00:04:00.189 to do, in particular not to eat of a particular tree that God had 35 00:04:00.270 --> 00:04:05.949 forbidden, which is exactly what Adam and Eve did, being tempted by the 36 00:04:06.110 --> 00:04:11.659 servant, this evil one, one that the scriptures call a murderer, a 37 00:04:11.860 --> 00:04:19.740 liar and accuser. Satan, tempted eve and Adam. They disobeyed the Lord. 38 00:04:21.259 --> 00:04:26.170 They did the one thing, the one particular thing, that he had 39 00:04:26.209 --> 00:04:30.649 commanded them not to do, and in fail failing at that one particular point, 40 00:04:30.290 --> 00:04:33.529 they failed at all the points. They broke the law, and so 41 00:04:33.810 --> 00:04:39.399 instead of entering into life and glory and communion with the Lord forever and ever, 42 00:04:40.279 --> 00:04:44.600 they received, justly the opposite, a curse upon them and upon all 43 00:04:44.680 --> 00:04:49.959 their children, upon mankind. It's for this reason that David says he is 44 00:04:50.319 --> 00:04:56.350 he was conceived in sin. It's the reason that we believe we don't merely 45 00:04:56.670 --> 00:05:02.949 do sinful things, but we are sinful people, a sad trait that is 46 00:05:03.069 --> 00:05:09.019 passed on from one generation to the next, people born in a state of 47 00:05:09.939 --> 00:05:15.060 sin, of suffering and misery, and rightfully so, under the wrath of 48 00:05:15.220 --> 00:05:19.259 God, because of this curse on mankind, for the sins that we committed. 49 00:05:21.290 --> 00:05:29.649 But in the midst of this curse God makes this promise. And God 50 00:05:29.730 --> 00:05:31.250 did not have to do this. God did not have to say this. 51 00:05:32.129 --> 00:05:36.600 In his righteousness he could have only cursed man, but in His grace he 52 00:05:36.800 --> 00:05:44.360 says, as he curses the serpent, I will put enmity between you and 53 00:05:44.399 --> 00:05:49.829 the woman, between her offspring and your offspring. He shall bruise your head 54 00:05:49.870 --> 00:05:58.310 and you shall bruise his heel. This is perhaps the first proclamation of the 55 00:05:58.389 --> 00:06:01.189 Gospel that we have in the Bible, and it's from this starting point that 56 00:06:01.269 --> 00:06:06.379 the scriptures will continue to develop and we will see that this promised seed, 57 00:06:08.100 --> 00:06:14.339 this promised offspring of to Adam and Eve, would one day be born in 58 00:06:14.420 --> 00:06:18.810 that son, that son of man, would be Jesus, who is, 59 00:06:19.050 --> 00:06:25.850 as we heard this morning, also the son of God. That initial hope 60 00:06:25.889 --> 00:06:30.009 that was promised there in the midst of the curse carries on throughout the story 61 00:06:30.089 --> 00:06:34.480 of the Bible, a son that is promised in more and more specific ways 62 00:06:35.319 --> 00:06:42.480 to Abraham, to David and remarkably, this son of man, as we 63 00:06:42.680 --> 00:06:47.389 come to see, will be different than other sons of men. As a 64 00:06:47.589 --> 00:06:54.029 son of man, he will save the very people who were cursed. He 65 00:06:54.310 --> 00:06:58.310 will become a son of man so that we can become sons of God. 66 00:06:59.629 --> 00:07:03.980 He will become like us so that we can gain an inheritance, you can 67 00:07:04.100 --> 00:07:11.579 gain the glory and the promises that God gives to us through the completion of 68 00:07:11.699 --> 00:07:19.529 Christ's work on our behalf. To understand more of the more of the prophecies 69 00:07:19.569 --> 00:07:25.649 and more of the promises around this person, round this promised Messiah, please 70 00:07:25.730 --> 00:07:33.800 turn with me to Daniel Chapter Seven. It's from this passage that Jesus draws 71 00:07:34.240 --> 00:07:40.879 his most common title, that he refers to himself. As that was an 72 00:07:40.920 --> 00:07:44.389 awkward way to say that, let me start again. Jesus refers to himself 73 00:07:44.430 --> 00:07:47.829 in a certain way. Most commonly he calls himself the son of man, 74 00:07:48.629 --> 00:07:54.629 particularly when it refers to his work on the cross and his work in the 75 00:07:54.750 --> 00:08:01.779 defeat of Satan. In Daniel Chapter Seven, Daniel receives a vision, a 76 00:08:01.860 --> 00:08:09.420 vision of four terrible beasts, the fourth one particularly terrible. And then, 77 00:08:09.819 --> 00:08:13.889 after the revelation of these beasts, he sees something else, and I'll begin 78 00:08:13.930 --> 00:08:20.449 in verse nine. Please listen. Read along with me. As I looked, 79 00:08:20.689 --> 00:08:26.129 thrones were placed and the ancient of days took his seat, his clothing 80 00:08:26.279 --> 00:08:31.600 was white as snow and the hair of his head like pure wool. His 81 00:08:31.839 --> 00:08:35.440 throne was fiery flames. It's wheels were burning fire, a stream of fire 82 00:08:35.639 --> 00:08:41.350 issued and came out from before him. A thousand thousands served him and ten 83 00:08:41.549 --> 00:08:48.470 thousand times tenzero stood before him. The courts sat in judgement and the books 84 00:08:48.509 --> 00:08:54.549 were opened. I looked then because of the sound of the great words that 85 00:08:54.629 --> 00:08:58.659 the horn was speaking, and as I looked, the beast was killed and 86 00:08:58.860 --> 00:09:03.820 its body destroyed and given over to be burned with fire. As for the 87 00:09:03.940 --> 00:09:07.820 rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were 88 00:09:07.899 --> 00:09:15.169 prolonged for a season and a time. I saw in the night visions and 89 00:09:15.370 --> 00:09:20.490 behold with the clouds of heaven, there came one like a son of man, 90 00:09:20.529 --> 00:09:24.679 and he came to the ancient of days and was presented before him, 91 00:09:26.279 --> 00:09:31.720 and to him was given Dominion and glory and a kingdom that all people's nations 92 00:09:31.759 --> 00:09:37.200 and languages should serve him. His Dominion is an Everlasting Dominion which shall not 93 00:09:37.440 --> 00:09:41.789 pass away, and he is kingdom, one that shall not be destroyed. 94 00:09:45.710 --> 00:09:52.419 A pause there. This is the son of man, when Jesus refers to 95 00:09:52.500 --> 00:09:56.620 himself as the son of man. This is the passage that we ought to 96 00:09:56.779 --> 00:10:01.220 have in mind. This one who comes to the ancient of days, who 97 00:10:01.259 --> 00:10:07.889 sits in judgment, who sits in judgment with this mighty host at his hands. 98 00:10:09.009 --> 00:10:13.129 Language that we read earlier as well, in the Psalms, a thousand 99 00:10:13.169 --> 00:10:18.049 thousand served him. Tenzero is in times tenzero. I think that's a hundred 100 00:10:18.129 --> 00:10:20.720 million, if my math is right. If not, it's a really big 101 00:10:20.720 --> 00:10:28.960 number. Angels upon angels upon angels, this Mighty Army. Perhaps you've seen, 102 00:10:28.919 --> 00:10:33.840 either in newsreels or on TV or something like that, some kind of 103 00:10:33.000 --> 00:10:39.750 military parade right, and you've got the flags flying and the tanks and the 104 00:10:39.830 --> 00:10:45.149 airplanes moving down the street, with the columns of troops marching one after another. 105 00:10:45.990 --> 00:10:48.669 Impressive. It's meant to be impressive. It's meant to strike a little 106 00:10:48.669 --> 00:10:52.139 fear in your heart or, if you're on the side of that army, 107 00:10:52.259 --> 00:10:58.580 perhaps inspire a little courage and confidence in the strength of your king or people. 108 00:11:01.259 --> 00:11:07.370 Here, though, is no ordinary king. This is the one who 109 00:11:07.450 --> 00:11:18.169 is from everlasting to everlasting. His armies are angelic. Millions of soldiers ready 110 00:11:18.370 --> 00:11:22.720 and waiting to do his bidding, which is to minister to his people. 111 00:11:24.639 --> 00:11:31.879 This great one, then, is accompanied by this other great one one to 112 00:11:31.000 --> 00:11:37.110 whom all of these dominions and authority and a kingdom and a glory is given. 113 00:11:37.230 --> 00:11:43.029 To one like a son of man, this one whose kingdom shall not 114 00:11:43.429 --> 00:11:50.980 be destroyed. This son of man, therefore, is very much this same 115 00:11:50.179 --> 00:11:56.940 one that was promised to Adam and even in the garden, this child who 116 00:11:56.940 --> 00:12:00.860 would come to crush the head of the serpent here is spoken of in these 117 00:12:01.259 --> 00:12:07.210 magnificent terms. His kingship and his power as he comes into the world to 118 00:12:07.409 --> 00:12:13.009 defeat those who would seek to destroy the Lord, is awe inspiring. Let's 119 00:12:13.009 --> 00:12:18.320 continue on in Daniel Seven, as we read of the fourth beast, the 120 00:12:18.440 --> 00:12:26.639 great beast in particular, in Verse Twenty Three. Thus he said, as 121 00:12:26.759 --> 00:12:30.429 for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on Earth, which 122 00:12:30.470 --> 00:12:33.669 shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth 123 00:12:33.710 --> 00:12:39.990 and trample it down and break it to pieces. As for the ten horns, 124 00:12:39.029 --> 00:12:43.419 out of this kingdom, ten kings shall arise and another shall arise after 125 00:12:43.539 --> 00:12:48.259 them, and he shall be different from the former ones, and he shall 126 00:12:48.299 --> 00:12:52.299 put down three kings, he shall speak words against the most high, he 127 00:12:52.379 --> 00:12:58.019 shall wear out the saints of the Most High and shall think to change the 128 00:12:58.259 --> 00:13:01.769 times and the law, and they shall be given into his hand for a 129 00:13:01.889 --> 00:13:09.929 time, times and half a time. But the court shall sit in judgment 130 00:13:09.970 --> 00:13:16.200 and his DEM minion shall be taken away to be consumed and destroyed to the 131 00:13:16.240 --> 00:13:20.200 end, and the Kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under 132 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:26.679 the whole of Heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the 133 00:13:26.759 --> 00:13:33.470 most high. His Kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdoms and all dominion shall serve 134 00:13:33.350 --> 00:13:41.940 and obey Him. So we have, in the description of the fourth beast, 135 00:13:41.100 --> 00:13:48.299 this great set of Kingdoms and kings that are more powerful than any of 136 00:13:48.379 --> 00:13:52.940 us have ever experienced, a kingdom and or set of kingdoms which is so 137 00:13:54.100 --> 00:14:00.570 powerful it is described as consuming the world, wearing out the saints of the 138 00:14:00.690 --> 00:14:07.529 most high. This is difficult things, but the prophecy says it will just 139 00:14:07.889 --> 00:14:13.679 be for a period of time, a period of time, or is described 140 00:14:13.759 --> 00:14:16.440 here a time times and half a time, or is it was described earlier 141 00:14:16.480 --> 00:14:22.039 a season and a time, or is it as described in other places about 142 00:14:22.080 --> 00:14:28.549 a thousand years, a period of time, not an exact a thousand, 143 00:14:28.909 --> 00:14:31.549 but a period of time, a period of reigning, in which it things 144 00:14:31.629 --> 00:14:39.340 will be hard. But we must remember in even the most difficult of times, 145 00:14:39.740 --> 00:14:46.500 the Lord sits in judgment, he rules, he reigns, and the 146 00:14:46.539 --> 00:14:50.980 day will come when all of this great power will turn out to not be 147 00:14:50.100 --> 00:14:56.009 so great. It will be consumed and destroyed to the end and the Kingdom 148 00:14:56.049 --> 00:15:01.049 and the dominion, in the greatness of the Kingdom shall be all given not 149 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:05.730 only to the king but to the people of the saints, of the Most 150 00:15:05.730 --> 00:15:15.159 High God will deliver the kingdom over to to his people who rule and who 151 00:15:15.200 --> 00:15:22.230 reign with him so beloved. This is the thing that the world was waiting 152 00:15:22.429 --> 00:15:28.309 for, the Messiah, this great king who would come, and indeed he 153 00:15:28.470 --> 00:15:35.980 did come. He was, as we read in Galatians, born of a 154 00:15:35.059 --> 00:15:43.100 woman. To turn back to glacians for a moment, when we when Paul 155 00:15:43.220 --> 00:15:48.940 writes here, notice what he says. When the fullness of time had come, 156 00:15:50.409 --> 00:15:54.809 the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born 157 00:15:54.850 --> 00:16:00.490 of a woman, and particularly what that means is what it also means, 158 00:16:00.490 --> 00:16:04.519 I should say, is born under the law. He was born under the 159 00:16:04.639 --> 00:16:08.759 law and he did so to redeem those who were under the law, so 160 00:16:08.879 --> 00:16:15.120 that we might receive adoption as sons. So what does all this mean? 161 00:16:18.000 --> 00:16:22.309 What this means is that, in God's perfect plan, he did not only 162 00:16:22.509 --> 00:16:29.909 come as God, in his power and his glory, to accomplish these saving 163 00:16:30.110 --> 00:16:33.620 ends, but he came as a man, and this is very important. 164 00:16:34.700 --> 00:16:41.019 Remember. This morning I read from first John, Chapter Four. Whoever confesses 165 00:16:41.139 --> 00:16:44.379 that Jesus is the son of God, God bides in him and he in 166 00:16:44.500 --> 00:16:48.250 God. This the importance of confessing that Jesus is the son of man, 167 00:16:49.129 --> 00:16:55.570 that he came in the flesh, is also equally important. John writes in 168 00:16:55.730 --> 00:17:00.169 First John for two. By this you know the spirit of God. Every 169 00:17:00.250 --> 00:17:07.119 spirit that confesses Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God. And 170 00:17:07.279 --> 00:17:11.240 the flip side of that is in second John. One seven from many deceivers 171 00:17:11.319 --> 00:17:15.390 have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of 172 00:17:15.470 --> 00:17:22.109 Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is a deceiver and the antichrist. 173 00:17:23.190 --> 00:17:27.869 Why does John Speak so strongly? Why is it important for us to 174 00:17:27.950 --> 00:17:30.900 confess that Jesus is not only the son of God, but he is the 175 00:17:30.980 --> 00:17:37.900 son of man. The reason and is because, apart from him taking on 176 00:17:37.220 --> 00:17:44.529 our place in the covenant, there would be no salvation. Jesus was born 177 00:17:44.890 --> 00:17:48.890 as a man. He became man to save man. The author of Hebrews 178 00:17:48.970 --> 00:17:53.769 makes this point when he says he didn't become like an angel, became like 179 00:17:53.890 --> 00:17:57.880 a man. He partook of human flesh and blood, to partake of these 180 00:17:57.960 --> 00:18:04.440 same things in order to save us, to save us from ourselves, Romans 181 00:18:04.559 --> 00:18:11.920 Nineteen says for us, by the one man's disobedience, that's Adam. The 182 00:18:11.039 --> 00:18:15.990 many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience, the many will 183 00:18:15.029 --> 00:18:25.150 be made righteous. Want to end with this point. When we think about 184 00:18:25.150 --> 00:18:27.380 the triumph of Jesus, it's important for us, of course, to think 185 00:18:27.420 --> 00:18:37.500 about it in terms of Jesus's Power and authority in his divinity. Everything that 186 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:44.250 we spoke to this morning from the Scriptures about Jesus's Great Glory as the son 187 00:18:44.329 --> 00:18:52.289 of God is all true. Also, it is true that as we think 188 00:18:52.369 --> 00:18:56.599 about Jesus as the son of man, we also think about authority and Power 189 00:18:57.279 --> 00:19:02.720 and glory. We see that not only from Daniel seven and these other of 190 00:19:02.799 --> 00:19:06.559 passages. But remember that when Jesus went to the cross, he did it, 191 00:19:06.640 --> 00:19:10.349 as Paul says in Colossians, to put the devil to open shame. 192 00:19:11.069 --> 00:19:15.109 In his conquering of death and his conquering a defeat of death, he took 193 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:22.230 the one who had the power over death and he embarrassed him, he shamed 194 00:19:22.390 --> 00:19:29.339 him, showing him, who thought himself to be so great, to ultimately 195 00:19:29.460 --> 00:19:33.900 be truly nothing. and Jesus did that, Hebrew says, in particular, 196 00:19:34.019 --> 00:19:42.730 by taking on flesh, by becoming incarnate. Jesus is victory, is not 197 00:19:44.049 --> 00:19:47.450 only as the son of God, but also as the son of man, 198 00:19:48.329 --> 00:19:52.529 for by the one man's disobedience we all were plunged into death, but by 199 00:19:52.609 --> 00:20:03.839 the one man's obedience we receive righteousness. Simply put Jesus obeyed where Adam failed, 200 00:20:03.839 --> 00:20:10.910 and by obeying and obeying as a mediator and a representative for us, 201 00:20:11.990 --> 00:20:17.750 he obeyed perfectly. He didn't slip, he didn't make a mistake, he 202 00:20:17.869 --> 00:20:22.980 didn't accidentally say the wrong thing. Every single thing Jesus did as a man 203 00:20:25.259 --> 00:20:36.410 was perfect in every way. And so when we receive what Paul Calls The 204 00:20:36.490 --> 00:20:44.369 righteousness of God, we receive it knowing that we have fulfilled the covenant, 205 00:20:45.690 --> 00:20:52.400 not in ourselves but through him who did it for us. The triumph of 206 00:20:52.640 --> 00:21:00.960 Christ as a man over Satan and as God over Satan is a marvelous thing. 207 00:21:02.559 --> 00:21:07.869 Who else but our God would do this, would promise to defeat the 208 00:21:08.029 --> 00:21:11.829 evil one, to rescue us out of sin and misery, and would do 209 00:21:11.990 --> 00:21:18.539 that by becoming one of us? Who Else but our gracious and mighty and 210 00:21:18.740 --> 00:21:25.380 magnificent God would be would say, I will be your God and you will 211 00:21:25.380 --> 00:21:30.099 be my people, I will be with you forever, and then become one 212 00:21:30.140 --> 00:21:37.609 of us. This is our God. And so, when we put our 213 00:21:38.529 --> 00:21:44.890 thoughts towards Jesus and we see what it is he is accomplished and what he 214 00:21:45.089 --> 00:21:48.720 is, he has done. Let us worship him and serve him and trust 215 00:21:48.799 --> 00:21:56.519 him, as he is fully God and fully man. Let us pray

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