SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2010-11-28: "The Wonder of Jesus"

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The  Wonder  of  Jesus


          Have you ever heard someone exclaim with joy, "Wonderful!"? Certain words, when they're uttered enough become clichés, that is they become meaningless phrases. The people marveled and wondered at the events told them by the shepherds of the field. The appearance of angels with divine announcements caused them to be afraid and they marveled at the incredible sights and sounds of heaven.

          The wonder of Jesus is why He would love us so much. We are so unworthy of His love. The most "wonderful" verse in the entire Bible is John 3:16, "For God so love the world. . ."

His love for us is marvelous, wonderful, awesome and more. This sermon explores an important aspect of his first Advent.


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November 28, 2010 - Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland


The  Wonder  of  Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25  -  2 Corinthians 8:9

"The Wonder of Jesus is that He left  Heaven's incalculable riches to become incredibly poor to make us spiritually rich in this life and the one to come."                                                                                                   Pastor Phil Roland


2 Corinthians 8:9 

"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich."


Isaiah 9:6b

". . .And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."




            A. Wealthy by Right of Creation

                        1. Jesus is the Creator of the Universe - John 1:3

                          "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was

                           made that was made."

                                    a. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills - Psalm 50:10

                                       "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a

                                        thousand hills."

                                    b. Even the gold beneath the hills is His

                        2. All things were made by Him and for Him - Colossians 1:16

                          "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are

                           in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or

                           dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by

                           him, and for him:"

                        3. All land and material property is His - Psalm 50:12b

                           ". . .the world is mine, and all that is in it."

            B. Wealthy by Right of Son-ship - Mark 1:11; 9:7

               "Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am

                well pleased."

                        1. He was Heaven's precious only Son - John 1:14

                          "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We

                            have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came

                           from the Father, full of grace and truth."

                        2. His Son-ship comes with Power and Authority

                                    a. Power and Authority over Life - John 5

                                    b. Power and Authority over Death - John 11





                                    c. We receive His riches when we receive Him - Jn. 1:12

                                       "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to                                               become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his                                                name:"



            A. Disrobed Himself of Heaven's Glory - John 1:14

              "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His

               glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and


                        1. Put on the robes of human flesh

                        2. He made Himself poor

                                    a. More than a Vow of Poverty

                                    b. The riches of this world are ashes by comparison

                        3. In His flesh He owned nothing - Matt. 8:20

                          "And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air

                           have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."

            B. He and His Disciples Were Poor

                        1. Ate with unwashed hands - Mark 7

                        2. No money for taxes - Matthew 17:24

                        3. No one would speak for Him in His time of need - Isa. 53:8

                          "He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will

                           declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the

                           living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken."

                           Acts 8:33

                          "He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will                                        declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the

                           living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken."

                                    a. No one spoke for Him before His crucifixion

                                    b. Part of the Cross's agony was abandonment

                                    c. Will you speak for Him in His poverty today?

                        4. He was crucified between two criminals - Luke 23:32

                        5. He was buried in a borrowed grave - Mark 15:46

                        6. He took on spiritual poverty - Matt. 27:46; Isaiah 53:3-5

                          "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice,

                           saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" that is, "My God, My God, why

                           have You forsaken Me?"

                         "He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and

                           acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;

                           He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne

                           our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken,

                           Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our

                           transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The

                           chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we

                           are healed.






            A. Grace - The Infinite, Incomparable Grace of God

                        1. We are saved by God's Grace - Ephesians 2:8,9

                           "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of

                            yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man

                            should boast."

                        2. Grace Acrostic

                            G od's

                            R ighteousness

                            A t

                            C hrist's

                            E xpense

                        3. Grace is God's unearned favor

            B. We are but sinners - Romans 8:8

               "So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

            C. God has given His wealth to us - 2 Corinthians 4:7

               "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the

                power may be of God, and not of us."

            D. If you have Jesus in your heart, you have the wealth of heaven

                Philippians 4:19

              "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory

                by Christ Jesus."

            E. Invite Jesus into your life this Advent Season - Romans 11:33

               "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How

                unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!"



The Wonder of Jesus


Jesus emptied Himself of His Glory in order that we might experience the Glory of God.

He gave up all in order that we might receive all.

Jesus became friendless in this world in order to prove Himself a friend of sinners.

He walked a lonely path in order that we might find the pathway of eternal life.

Jesus was willing that all men forsake Him, that we might have fellowship with God.

He walked up Golgatha's hill that we might walk down streets of gold.

Jesus wore a crown of thorns that we might wear a crown of glory.

He wore a purple robe in order that we might be clothed with His spotless Righteousness.

Jesus became poor that we might become rich.

He suffered that we might reign.

Jesus entered into death that we might enter into life eternal.

He was laid in a grave that we might have victory from the grave.





The Wonder of Jesus

Matthew 1:18-25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly.
20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife,
25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name JESUS.