Sermons on Incarnation
In Philippians 2:5-11 contains one of the most glorious descriptions of the incarnation in the entire Bible. This doctrine, however, is also intensely practical. Christ, being fully God and yet emptying himself and submitting to death, is the greatest example of humility the world has ever seen or will ever see. Christ becomes the pattern for his people and their motivation for humility. Implicitly the text promises, if you humble yourself like Christ, you will also be exalted like him.
In 1 Samuel 9:1-27 Saul, the king like the nations, is introduced. He is described as a great man, from a noble family, who is humble, and receives the Word of God. Surely, if having a king like the other nations is going to work it will with Saul. His reign, however, will be disastrous. The example of Saul teaches us not to look on outward appearance but to trust in God who sees the heart. Such is the contrast…
Though Eve was deceived first, yet salvation would come through her ability to bear children. The biblical theological theme of childbearing tells the story of salvation. Christian women, therefore, ought not to be fooled by the deception of feminism which seeks to take women out of the home. Though it is difficult work, it is in bearing and rearing children that the kingdom of God advances. Salvation is through childbearing.
Genesis 3:15, the miraculous births of the Old Testament, and the predictions about Zion all culminate in the birth of Christ through the virgin Mary. Salvation has come through the birth of a child, a child who was and is the eternal Son of God. This birth is the culmination of that which was spoken by the prophets. Salvation has come through childbearing.
One of the ways the prophets develop the promise that the seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent is by describing salvation as Zion giving birth. Zion, the recipient of the promises, the city of God, will give birth to the Messiah. Not only that, but all Christians have Zion as their mother. Salvation is childbearing. The pains of exile were but the pains of labor which culminate in the salvation through a birth, the birth…
Throughout the Old Testament there are miraculous births that are recorded: Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Hannah and Elkanah. These miraculous births show forth God’s power and show that He will always be faithful to His promise to bring one from the seed of the woman to crush the head of the serpent. Ultimately, these miraculous births point to the greatest of all births: Christ through the virgin Mary.