What do you mean, they were betrothed? Follow along as I read. So it tended to keep the marriage together. Dr. Walvoord, the president of Dallas Theological Seminary, says – and I quote - “The incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ is the central fact of Christianity. Author of Lincoln and his generals, Grant and his generals, Chariots of fire, Men who missed it, The greatest words in the Bible and in human speech, Great women of the Bible, Macartney's illustrations, Highways and byways of the civil war Those kind of slanders were in existence at that time. ���=dw When his mother, Mary – and we don’t know much about Mary. There was one of the Greek gods who more than any other was a sexual deviant. And number two, it’s to say that the Word of God is in fact not the Word of God but the word of man. If Jesus is an ordinary man, if Jesus is simply just like all the other men, then we can say he was probably born like all the other men, but he isn’t like anybody else. Now the facts are clear in the narrative. It jolted him. That is the very same Greek word as the word in verse 1 of chapter 1, where it says the book of the genealogy. Okay? He is really writing to counter a certain slander. Let’s begin by an illustration in the life of Israel as recorded for us in Exodus 15: ... 19 For the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea on them; but the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea. So it covered every element of this. Ten pounds and two ounces or something. Because that’s very subtle, to just ignore the virgin birth. “There stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.”. I'm not just talking about my Presbyterian denomination, although it certainly has its problems. We’re out of time and didn’t even get to Gladiator, Matt Chandler’s “The Rose,” or Chariots of Fire/pretty much any other sports movie. Matthew chapter 1. I mean, there have been some unusual births. Now, Mary knew it. Chariots of Fire (1981) Plot. So the virgin birth conceived. Matthew chapter 2 has several. Right? It’s a sacred thing, not something to be trifled with. We’ve heard them all. This function: He is both man and God, and that’s why, for example, in the Old Testament he’s called tsemach, which means “the branch.”  And did you note that he is called “the branch of David” in one passage and in another one the branch of Jehovah. And Mary had, you see, absolutely no way under the sun to protect her reputation. The apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 3 these words. The water of the nature of God drowned the fire of the nature of man. He was a real god-fearing Jew, and he knew that he had to be obedient to God’s laws and God’s laws say when somebody does that, there are consequences. This story is history, beloved, not fantasy. 35. Thank you not only for the theology of the virgin birth, but for the example of what happens when God uses two simple people. “I will put enmity - ” or animosity, or antagonism, or hatred. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. SermonSearch.com is an online resource for sermon outlines and preaching ideas. Clarified. He was a true Old Testament saint. There would be no fanfare. A And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. Sermon Notes. The virgin birth connected. They are here to support the fact that from the very beginning, Jesus was the Son of God, God in human flesh. There was no misgiving. Deuteronomy 22:13, “If a man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, and give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, ‘I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a virgin:’”. The Bible gives the names of the other children. They believed that from a human viewpoint, he would be a member of the royal lineage of David, the royal family, the royal line. © 2021 Grace to You. Liddel’s parents were missionaries to China and Eric and his sister Jenny were going to China to be missionaries too. The other possibility was that they provided for a more quiet way. And thus, Alexander the Great was the child of Zeus. Save them. "Chariots of Fire": Pleasing God Chariots of Fire is the true story of two British runners competing in the 1924 Olympics. And here in this lax day, there were two things open open to Joseph. And there’s probably an outline in the bulletin. Okay? Do you know what the word “Mary” is in Greek? Now Joseph, we don’t know anything about background. He was mulling over what he had to do. In Luke 1, you have a parallel account of the annunciation and all that. A virgin shall be with child and that child will be Immanuel, God with us.”  He says, “You look down the corridors of history and there will be a virgin born child and he will guarantee you that David’s line will never be broken.”. It is history. “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel - ” well, of course this was six months after Elisabeth conceived. There was no human father. List of MAC And Jesus came into the world as the fulfillment of that prophecy given by Isaiah to Ahaz, to show that God will keep his promise and the throne of David will never be broken forever and ever and ever and ever. Nobody would need to know. John the Baptist. Can you imagine the almighty God of the universe depositing his only Son in the home of a man who wouldn’t be a good father? And next time you use one of these illustrations … Thank you that you have chosen the weak things to confound the mighty. These illustrations were used in Bibles of many languages in Nineteenth Century Europe and later in the Americas. Early India from the Origin to AD 1300 - Romila Thapar.pdf. And at the cross, do you remember what Jesus did? We thought we really had a monstrosity. It was usually, according to Genesis 34, it was goods or services. He was jolted. 68:17). Sermon Notes: February 14, 2021 Focus: ... illustration of collective, prophetic power to change broken ways of living. Humanly speaking, whose son is he? Special Materials — Explanation VII. And by that I don’t mean he was apologizing for what he was saying. This archive contains decades of sermons by Rev. Fifty-six percent of the students in protestant seminaries studying for the ministry rejected the idea of the virgin birth. ... Chariots of Fire Audio Preview Elijah doesn’t die, but the way he spends his last day is a message to us all. Find stories, quotes, humor, and statistics to bring your sermon on Winning to life. But they didn’t really see that. 54 talking about this. Don’t be shocked. They say, “Well, yes, we do agree that, of course, this is an account of a virgin birth. Here’s the story. And I like to take a narrative like this, and even though it isn’t divided up in terms of logical thought, it’s just a narrative, but if we divide it up, we can kind of get a look at the single highlights of it, and that’s the purpose in doing that. Verse 27. The film was conceived and produced by David Puttnam, written by Colin Welland, and directed by Hugh Hudson. Don’t be shocked. Let there be no reproach on Mary ever. She’s going to go out and say, “Listen, folks. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.’, “Then said Mary unto the angel, ‘How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?’ ”  You see, here is Mary affirming her virginity. In Jesus’ name. And I’m reminded of how beautiful and lovely and sacred virginity is when I see in the case of Mary how honored she was because of it. Immanuel, God with us, infinitely rich became poor, assumed our human nature, entered our sin-polluted atmosphere without ever being tainted by it, took our guilt, bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, was wounded with our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities, went to heaven to prepare a place for us, sent his Spirit to dwell in our hearts, right now makes intercession for us, and will some day come to take us to be with him. People always ask the questions you can’t answer. Open your Bible with me, if you will, to Matthew chapter 1. But, they used the term “husband and wife” because it was as good as valid, just not consummated. 1:1 “The book of the genealogy, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”  Over here, now the genealogy of Jesus Christ was in this way and this is the divine side he was conceived by the Holy Spirit of God. People love to discuss favorite movies and actors, and this interest can help you communicate God’s Word with power—if you have exciting, movie-based illustrations at your fingertips. You’re going to have a child and it’s going to be the Son of God, deity. Jesus is God in a human body, humanly through the lineage of David he gains the right to rule the world. So Matthew, to begin with, affirms the virgin birth. We sent you an email. Chariots of Fire is the true story of two British runners competing in the 1924 Olympics. When he got up and it was all clear, oh, it isn’t just Mary. Some day there’s going to come a woman and that woman is going to have a seed, and you may bruise his heel – ” and he did at calvary – but he’ll do what? Why didn’t he say, “Take your child and your wife”? Whose son is he? Well, I’ll give you a little background. And I read in the paper the same day there was a baby born 16 pounds and some odd ounces. So the virgin birth is clarified. And the birth of Jesus tells you whose son he is, God. “Then Joseph her husband, - ” notice he’s called a husband even though they were still in the betrothal period “ - being a just, a righteous man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privately.”  Now all of a sudden we see the virgin birth confronted. I mean, I remember back in reading about the first quintuplets. Now all this was done that it might be filled up, that it might be made full, that it might be accomplished just exactly as Isaiah said. The legacy of that poll and those students ten years ago is modern liberalism. Two, one is called the kiddushin, and the other is the hupah, or the chupah, to say that “H” properly. This is not the pulling of the legend out of the air. Don’t ever base your theology on majority rule. And normally the Jewish father would hold it in trust and if the husband died, he would give it back to the daughter. You say, “Well, how does that work?”  Don’t ask me that. Sermons on the First Readings. He shall save his people from their sins. Now we don’t know much about Mary, but apparently Mary had a sister, the wife of Cleophas, who also was named Mary, which is not necessarily uncommon. He just couldn’t get it to the very act. It made no sense at all. The movie Chariots of Fire depicts Eric Liddell winning the gold medal at the 1924 Olympics. Let me read it to you. I think if you want a good character study of Mary, you can just simply listen to her. Son of David, humanity. 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I think that we are in a battle for the soul of the church. First of all, the virgin birth conceived, then confronted, then clarified, then connected, and then consummated. The Bible is very clear about this. It was a normally 12 month period and it was a period of protection for the would-be husband and wife so that there would be a period in which to prove a fidelity. And the angel said to him, “Joseph, thou son of David, - ” and I know why he said that second part, just to reinforce, just to reinforce the lineage and the line of David. In 1981 Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon. Fifty-six percent. And no doubt Joseph was long dead. Faith. “ - a liar.”  So says Paul in Romans 3:3-4. From 2 Kings 2 we learn how a man of God leaves this earth well. So he’s really afraid they’ll lose the kingly line. 1,584 sermons. Sermon on the Mount. Did you know in Isaiah 9:6, he is called “wonderful counselor, the mighty - ” what? Rebelliousness. An illustration of an open book. Apologetics comes from a Greek word, apologia which means a speech in defense of. Ahaz is sitting down in the bottom of the southern kingdom and he’s worried about up north here’s Israel and over here is Syria. Now we could have a great big long, drawn out thing about what did Isaiah say and why did he use the world almah instead of the word bethulah and did he mean “virgin” and blah, blah, blah, and on and on and on. And that’s what Genesis 3:15 said. And they tell us that at the time in which Matthew wrote – they don’t know what time that was, as I told you last time. “And the angel said unto her, ‘Don’t be afraid, Mary: for you have found favour with God. Elisabeth and Mary having a conversation, we learn a second thing about Mary. He must have been dead by the time Jesus died, because he doesn’t appear anywhere. And many times the title is not necessarily the name. And weddings lasted approximately seven days. Chariots of Fire . He falls asleep. At the end of his life, they said the disciples stole his body and faked the resurrection. To show you that, Redbook magazine over ten years ago took a poll of students in protestant seminaries. Here at Grace to You Europe we take our data protection responsibilities very seriously and, as you would expect, have undertaken a significant programme of work to ensure that we are ready for this important legislative change. He was, again, a true Old Testament saint, godly man. The film and book Chariots of Fire, recreates the story of Olympic runners Harold Abrahams and Eric. “And Mary said, ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.’ ”  Now what do you learn about Mary right there? You got to feed them, provide drink for them. Hail the incarnate deity. The marriage was not consummated. I’m not just marrying Mary. Accordingly, we have updated our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions in order to comply with GDPR. There are at least six – in fact there are only six – other times where we find this kind of communication. Help Grace to You bring important resources like this to people in your community and beyond, free of charge. Movies have become the stories of our culture. So his first prompting came from his righteousness, but his second prompting came from his concern, and it says he was not willing to make her a public example. When he found out, it was a shock. She would be shamed. So that she could go away without anybody ever really knowing what had happened. It was done secretly. In all of human history there had never been a virgin birth. But he was undoubtedly a poor, hardworking man, and I’m quite confident he was a righteous man. God sometimes uses an angel in a dream. Please respond to confirm your registration. So a blessed Spirit of God protected it for her right here in the pages of the Word of God. So we know a little bit about her family. But you shouldn’t be surprised. 1. 2 Kings 1:1-2:18 Life and Times of Elijah the Prophet-Chariots of Fire; 2 Kings 2:19-3:27 Life & Times of Elisha the Prophet-Elisha’s Accreditation; 2 Kings 4:1- 44 Life & Times of Elisha the Prophet-Two Women & Two Meals; 2 Kings 5:1-27 Life and Times of … And if Jesus wasn’t virgin born, then the claim that he can save is highly questionable. But he had a hard time doing that. EPHESIANS - CHRIST AND THE CHURCH Click chart to enlarge Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission. People always want to ask those kind of questions. The same young man, the same eyes; but now his eyes had been opened. And this text sets such a slander right. You’re going to find that every element of life will be touched by this book, tremendously forceful powerful statement on the person of Jesus Christ and the principles that God has ordained for human existence. And he was a just man and he didn’t want to put it away, he didn’t want to make her a public example. He knew her stature before God. Only he is mighty enough to save. He’s going to be gone. It puts him in the category of Simeon, of whom the scripture says he was righteous and devout. “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was in this way: When as his mother Mary was espoused or betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child by the Holy Spirit.”  Now we’ll stop there. Transfiguration. Sixty-nine percent of the American Baptists believed in the virgin birth. He was born of a sinner, and yet he was sinless because he was equally born of God. But in our lesson for tonight we come to verses 18 to 25, and these verses deal with the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. They, for the most part, seemed to reject the idea that the Messiah would be God in human flesh, though there may be some indication that a few of them may have felt that way. 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