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A Heart That Embraces the Cross
December 14, 2014      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Is your real goal in life to be rich, great, and honored while Jesus was poor and despised?

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Luke 1:26-37

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 

The angel Gabriel prophesies that the child to be born to Mary will be:

1 - Great

2 - Called Son of the Most High

3 - Ruler on David’s throne 

4 - A King eternally 

5 - Called the Son of God

But the path to these glorious things would be different that everyone would think.

Luke 2:34-35

And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

Simeon tells of a controversial life, an opposed life, and a suffering life.

The path to eternal rule and life would pass through a life of rejection and eventually death.

Isaiah 53:3-6

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Jesus’ life was one that suffered rejection. He even was despised.

Hebrews 2:9

But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Before he would rule and be globally praised he would be rejected, despised, and murdered so that he might liberate the race destined for eternal death by tasting death himself and then resurrecting from the dead.

Quote by George Mueller:

"A servant of God has but one Master. It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honored in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised.”

I believe that Jesus could steward the blessing of God, the tyranny of the enemy, and the rejection of fickle man because he embraced the destiny and glory of the Cross.

We benefit for salvation because he did this.

But we must have the same heart or we will use the blessing of God for our own ends, or we will buckle under the tyranny of the enemy in fearful unbelief, or we will waste our life trying not to be rejected or being bitter because we have been rejected.

Is your real goal in life to be rich, great, and honored while Jesus was poor, mean, and despised?

I guarantee that our hearts will be un-loyal to the Lord, and miserable to boot, if we live going for fame, riches, and pleasure.

But if we will embrace the way of rejection and death to self we will experience the power of resurrection in our lives and the inevitable eternal reigning in glory with Jesus.

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