Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
The Saviour that was born 2000 years ago is now my Saviour, and this morning I endeavour to speak to you about the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of man’s imagination. Not the Christ of the Religions invented by the doctrines of carnal men. No, the Christ of the Scriptures, the very Christ of God. God’s message to mankind still is that there was a Saviour born, who is Christ the Lord. Not just a Saviour like Deborah, Barak or Jerubbaal - no Christ the Lord - is Emanuel - God with us.
Isa. 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. Emanuel - God with us. Deity and humanity combined in one unique and blessed person. You have heard right. That is the first tenet of the Christian faith. That is where you start, because the Lord Jesus said: "If ye believe not that I am ye shall die in your sins." That’s what the message of the angels was to the shepherds. The Lord is not heaven, he is now in Bethlehem, born to be your Saviour.
This morning I would like to show you how God uses certain men in the Old Test. to teach us things concerning the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, the promised Saviour. I have chosen 3 men to reveal the 4th. to enhance our understanding of our Saviour, because the things that are spoken of these men, are all most certainly true of our Saviour.
The first man is Jephtah, you will find him in the Book of Judges 11:1. Jephtah is the man of whom God says that he was a Mighty man of valour. The word valour comes from the Latin word valere which means to be strong. It speaks of strength, courage and bravery. To do that which is above the call of duty. Jephtah a mighty man of valour. The Saviour of my soul had to be a mighty man of valour. To be a man of valour there must be that will and that courage to do battle with the enemy in order to win. Not a cold war or a skirmish, but a battle to win and to be victorious. To bring the enemy to naught. Jephtah was a man cast out by his brethren (11:2) but was called upon to fight the common enemy.
My Saviour also was cast out by his brethren, He came to His own, and His own received Him not. Yet He too was called upon to fight the common enemy of every man, woman and child. The Lord Jesus fought a battle through death. Heb. 2:14 speaking of Christ my Saviour says: "Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15, and deliver them who through fear of death, were all the lifetime subject to bondage. The Lord Jesus was cast out and rejected by his own people, but was called upon by God the Father to fight Satan the enemy on my behalf.
The Lord Jesus was born a Saviour and is a mighty man of valour.
Jephtah was - but the Lord Jesus is.
Brothers and sisters if you intend to see your friends saved unto God see Christ in Jephtah and with great courage do battle with the enemy knowing that the victory in Christ is assured.
The second man is Boaz. You will find him in the book of Ruth 2:1. Boaz is another man used by God to show us the excellencies of Christ. Of Boaz it is said that he was a mighty man of wealth.
Jephtah was a mighty man of valour.
Boaz was a mighty man of wealth.
Jephtah was a mighty man of valour, but all the courage in the world is not sufficient to pay the price for sin. There is a price to be paid for the redemption of our souls. That’s right, my salvation can not be procured, can not become effective unless there is the price paid for redemption. You cannot be saved unless there is a fixed prize paid. Boaz is seen as the Kins-man redeemer, a mighty man of wealth. Boaz used his wealth to redeem land and life. He used his wealth to buy Naomi’s plot of land and Ruth was purchased to become his wife. To be more specific it was his love for Ruth that he redeemed her and the land. The reason is given in chapter 4:10 where it says: "To raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance, that the name of the dead be not cut off from among his brethren."
The name amongst the dead.
Everyone born into this world had his name amongst those that are dead. Everyone is sold under sin, dead in trespasses and sin Eph.2:1. All bankrupt for the wages of sin is death. What I needed is someone who is mighty in wealth. Well you all know who that is? Ever heard of the unsearchable riches of Christ ? The cattle upon a 1000 hills are mine saith the Lord. The nations are like the dust in the balances, like a drop in the bucket. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. He owns the solar-system, the galaxies, the universe and heaven itself. But I have news for you. Even if you were the owner of this planet or the entire galaxy or the planet Jupiter in solid gold it could not pay for my redemption. It could not pay for one single soul to provide free access to heaven. There is a different currency to pay for my sin and my soul. Nothing less than the sinless blood of Christ is required. The wealth of my Saviour is his precious blood, poured out to his death that I shall have eternal life. That is why we speak of the exceeding riches of his grace. See how much greater my redeemer is than Boaz ? Gal.3:13 says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree.
The third man is found in Numbers 12:3.
Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth. The third man is Moses. Here are some of the things which are an overview of Moses’s life.
Moses was the child of a slave, - and the son of a king.
He was born in a hut, - and he lived in a palace.
He inherited poverty, - and enjoyed unlimited wealth.
He was the leader of armies, - and the keeper of flocks.
He was the mightiest of warriors, - and the meekest of men.
He was backward in speech, - but he talked with God face to face.
He was a fugitive from Pharaoh, - and yet an ambassador from heaven.
He died alone in Mount Moab, - and appeared with Christ in Judea.
But the most remarkable things about Moses are the similarities between Moses, and Christ the Saviour. Deut.18:15 The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me. This is how Philip knew for he said: "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write,....." (John 1:45).
1. His nationality. Moses was an Israelite, so was Christ according to the flesh.
2. His birth. It was when the nation was under the rule of a foreign power. The Jews were in bondage under Roman rule when Christ was born.
3. His infancy. His life endangered. Pharaoh had given orders that every son that was born to be cast into the river. Ex.1:22.
Matt.2:16, "Then Herod sent forth and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem."
4. His adoption. So he was the child of another, yet he was made the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Ex.2:10. Thus he had a mother but no Father. Christ was the Son of another, even the Son of God. But born into this world, he had a mother, but no human father. Yet as it were he was adopted by Joseph. Matt.1:19-21.
5. His childhood. This was spent in Egypt, so also was Christ’s. Behold the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, "arise ...and go to Egypt.
6. His rejection by his brethren, Who made thee ruler over us. So it was with Christ, Israel said: "We will not have this man reign over us". Luke 19:14.
7. Moses was a shepherd in Ex. 3:1 - Christ is the shepherd in John 10:16.
8. Moses first miracles - power over the serpent and leprosy. Ex. 4:6-9.
Christ’s first miracles - power over Satan Matt.4:10,11.
power over leprosy Matt. 8:3.
9. Moses was sent by God to be the deliverer Acts 7:35 and so likewise Christ affirmed: "If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. John 8:36.
There are dozens of other similarities between Moses and Christ but the main one spoken of must be that Moses was the meekest man then alive. As you have already seen with Moses meek does not mean weak. Not easily angered- but forbearing. How much more when we read of our Saviour in Matt. 11:28,29. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest for your souls."
The first 3 men speak of the fourth.
The fourth man is found in the book of Isaiah and is called among many other names ‘ The man of sorrows’.
In Luke 2:11 we read that unto you, that is personal, is born a Saviour, and in Isaiah we read that he shall grow up. Isa. 53:2 "For he shall grow up before him, like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he hath no form nor comeliness, and when we see him there is no beauty that we should desire him, he is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgression, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his striped we are healed.
Jephtah - a mighty man of valour.
Boaz - a mighty man of wealth.
Moses - a mighty man of meekness.
All tell me of my Saviour that was born, that came to live a perfect life on my behalf, and then offered up his own body and blood ( His Life) on the cross of Calvary that I might be saved and redeemed to God himself.
This is what the Lord was talking about when he gave those disciples on the road to Emmaus a bible study, Luke 24:27. "And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." If you want to find details of the work and character of Christ, you must look in the Kindergarten of Christianity, the Old Testament, for the law, Heb.10:1, was the shadow of good things to come, Heb.8:5, serving unto the example and shadow of heavenly things.
Rom. 4:25 He was delivered for our offences and raised for our justification.
Who is this man ?
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us son is given, and his name shall be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, THE MIGHTY GOD.
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