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Away in a Manger

December 21, 2014 Speaker: Jeff Bedwell Series: Christmas Carols

Passage: Luke 2:10–2:11

Away In a Manger
Luke 2:10-11

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head; the stars in the sky looked down where He lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.
The cattle are lowing; the Baby awakes, but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes; I love Thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky, and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.
Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray; bless all the dear children in Thy tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.

The Greek word, “Kyrios” is most often translated Lord and is used over 700 times in the New Testament

“Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”” (John 20:28)

The earliest Christian confession of faith was: Jesus is Lord

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36)

  • It signifies Ownership or Mastership
  • It is more than a word, it indicates a Relationship

Two Implications of This Relationship

1. Possession

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20)

“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.”
(Colossians 1:16)

2. Submission

“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?”
(Luke 6:46)

Submission Based On:

• Knowledge

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:9–10)

• Love

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
(Matthew 22:36–37)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

What Have I Not Surrendered To The Lord?
If Jesus Is My Lord, I Will Be:

1. Obedient to His Calling

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)

2. Confident of His Provision

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

3. A Steward of His Resources

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’”
(Matthew 25:21)

4. A Servant with His Giftedness

“I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service,” (1 Timothy 1:12)

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;”
(1 Corinthians 12:4–5)

Some Beginning Checkpoints As I Surrender To His Lordship:

  • My Time
  • My Treasure
  • My Thoughts
  • My Talk

“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

What Have I Not Surrendered To The Lord?

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