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Behold the King

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Jesus as King commands our allegiance even as he comes in humility.

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Introduction

The Pictures of Jesus
Effeminate Jesus
Hippie Jesus
White American Jesus (Photo)
“Surfer” Jesus
KING Jesus
Sometimes the picture we’re given of Jesus shades our understanding of Jesus.
Sometimes we get a little too chummy with Jesus.
What I want us to see today is that,
Jesus as King commands our allegiance even as he comes in humility.
Matthew 1:1 ESV
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Jesus is the rightful King. (1:1)

“Christ” “son of David” “son of Abraham”
Jesus was rightfully Jewish through Abraham (people of God -through whom everyone will be blessed)
Jesus was rightfully king through David (man of God -through whom the final everlasting Kingdom and salvation would come)
Jesus was rightfully anointed by God (He was God)
“Christ” = Χριστός = Messiah
People didn’t choose this King - He always was.
Jesus is not running for president - he is reigning as King.
ILLUST - Difference between the president and a king:
The Kingdom of God is not a democracy - it’s a theocracy
Jesus doesn’t depend on your vote in order to have authority in your life.
Jesus doesn’t work for us.
We sometimes think things would go better if Jesus would just remember who put him in office.
This King has a claim on your life.
He doesn’t ask for your acceptance, he demands your allegiance.
(Yes, he does this in a humble way that draws us to him, but don’t let the humble way in which Jesus draws your affections confuse you into thinking it lessens his demand for complete allegiance.)

Jesus is a relatable King. (1:2-17)

Matthew 1:3–6 ESV
and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
Matthew 1:2–6 ESV
Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king. And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
1:2-6
Notice the four mothers listed in the family tree:
Zerah by Tamar
Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab
Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth
Solomon by the wife of Uriah
ILLUST - We all have that crazy uncle or aunt at the family reunion. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you’re that crazy uncle or aunt.
(show family tree of Jesus from office)
Jesus comes from a line of kings but also a line of sinners.
Jesus had some seriously rotten fruit on his family tree:
Tamar - a Canaanite - Married to Judah’s son, Er, who was wicked so God put him to death. She was then given to Er’s brother, Onan, who was wicked and God put him to death. Judah didn’t want her bad mojo to kill any of his other sons, so he told her to wait for his other son whom he never had marry Tamar. Tamar then dressed as a prostitute and tricked Judah (her father-in-law) into sleeping with her and the result was Perez. How messed up is that!
In my Bible study resource she is listed under the topic “Adultery” because that was the stigma that followed her around.
Rahab - A prostitute from a Canaanite city. Joshua sends two spies into Jericho to check out the city and “they came into the house of a prostitute and lodged there.” (really? - the Motel 6 was booked?) The king of Jericho found out there were spies and went looking for them. Rahab lied to the king hid the men. As a result of her help and belief that God would give Jericho to the Israelites, she and her family were spared the destruction.
Ruth - A Moabite. We know her story to be one of loyalty and love, but her family heritage is from one of the most despised enemies of the Israelites.
Wife of Uriah (Bathsheba) - That whole story is rated R. Jesus is the descendant of a king who lusts after a married woman, commits adultery with her, and then murders her husband so he can marry her and cover the whole thing up. It’s a soap opera!
Jesus had every right to come with fanfare and power and with angels broadcast to more than just shepherds. Instead, Jesus comes in humility.
ILLUST - Prince Philip’s full title:
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, Baron Greenwich, Royal Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Extra Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Member of the Order of Merit, Grand Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knight of the Order of Australia, Additional Member of the Order of New Zealand, Extra Companion of the Queen’s Service Order, Royal Chief of the Order of Logohu, Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada, Extraordinary Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Lord of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council, Privy Councillor of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty, Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom.
While Jesus has a special name to us today, but the name he chose for himself was meaningful yet common.
This all points to two things:
1) Jesus gets you.
He knows what it is like to come form a messed up family.
Jesus gets you
The name of Jesus was normal and common - “Joshua”
2) Jesus chose to enter into a line of screwed up people in order to ultimately break the cycle of sin and redeem them.
He knew he was walking into a mess. He knew he would have a birth with baggage. He knew people would call him “illegitimate.” He knew people would point out the harlots in his past - the murderers in his past - the Gentiles in his past., and still he CHOSE to identify with them.
How far are you willing to go to help others break the cycle of sin in their lives?
He knows what it is like to come form a messed up family.

Jesus is the prophesied King. (1:18-25)

18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. . .” - We all know the story.
Jesus was a king that was prophesied about generally for thousands of years:
Matthew 1:22–23 ESV
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Isaiah 7:14 ESV
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Micah 5:2 ESV
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Some of the prophecies of Jesus:
Micah 5:2 ESV
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Isaiah 9:6 ESV
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Jeremiah 23:5 ESV
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Numbers 24:17 ESV
I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel; it shall crush the forehead of Moab and break down all the sons of Sheth.
Isaiah 52:7 ESV
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Daniel 7:14 ESV
And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Daniel 2:44 ESV
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever,
Daniel 7:14 ESV
And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Jesus was a king that was prophesied about specifically to Joseph:
Matthew 1:20–21 ESV
But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:24 ESV
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
If the things that were said about Jesus thousands of years before his birth were true, then the things said about Jesus thousands of years are still true.
Matthew 1:24–25 ESV
When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
If the things that were said about Jesus thousands of years before his birth were true, then the things said about Jesus thousands of years are still true.
The One who knows everything will give you what you need to know when you need to know it so you can do what you need to do with what you now know.

Jesus is an uncontrollable King.(2:1-23)

Matthew 2:2–3 ESV
saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
Matthew 2:13–15 ESV
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”
Matthew 2:16 ESV
Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men.
Matthew 2:19 ESV
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
Matthew 2:19–20 ESV
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
Herod feared the news of a king because it threatened his desire for control. The people feared because it threatened the comfortable status quo.
Jesus cannot be controlled.
Does that statement bring fear or joy?
Your reaction to that statement may reveal more about your spiritual condition than you realize.
Fear - Jesus threatens to take the control we desire.
Joy - realization we are never in control and we are going to place our trust where it belongs.
Jesus cannot be controlled - and that’s a GOOD thing!
What area of your life are you worried that Jesus might step in and take control? Is that an area that he should probably already have control?

Jesus is the Gospel King. (3:1-2)

Matthew 3:1–2 ESV
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Jesus is the One who brings the Good News because He is the One who IS the Good News.
The good news, the gospel, is not a theory, or a philosophy, or a set of rules, or a way of life, or a concept, or a religion, or a value system. It is a PERSON.
John the Baptist points to a person and calls people to respond because a person, the King, has come.
You must respond because the King has come.
When the King arrives, you can’t remain indifferent.
ILLUST - Mr. Bean episode where he is about to meet the Queen and feels he is not ready - he is preparing himself - he doesn’t remain indifferent.

Conclusion

Who is Jesus to you?
What will you do about the claim he has on your life?
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