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12-4-22 The Rule of the King

The Rule of the King

David Peterson / General

Advent; Peace; Christmas; Christ / Romans 15:4–13; Isaiah 11:1–10

Sermon Type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: Jesus entered this world as one who would conquer and rule the world. He conquers by his word and rules in the hearts and lives of those who come to believe in him.

Introduction

1. Let all mortal flesh keep silence

2. Oz the Great and Powerful

I. Jesus is the True King (Romans 15:12)

1. Explanation

a. Solomon and the true mother (1 Kings 3:16-28)

b. The Hired Hand runs away (John 10:12-13)

2. Application

3. Illustration

II. He Subdues His Enemies (Romans 15:13)

1. Explanation

a. The Rod of his mouth, The Breath of his lips (Isaiah 11:4)

b. He slays the wicked (the old man, the old woman)

2. Application

3. Illustration

Philosopher Transformed by the Bible

Philosopher Emile Cailliet was born in a small French village near the end of the 19th century. His early education was committed to naturalism, leaving no room for God or supernatural intervention in human affairs. But his naturalistically inspirited studies in philosophy proved of little help during his front-line experiences as a lad of 20 in World War I. Confronted with the horrors of war, he asked:

What use, the ill-kept, ancient type of sophistry in the philosophic banter of the seminar, when your own buddy—at the time speaking to you of his mother—dies standing in front of you, a bullet in his chest. Was there a meaning to it all? A [person] can endure anything if only it appears meaningful…. I, too, felt—not with my reason, but with my whole being—that I was naked and, war or no war, destined to perish miserably when the hour came.

One night a bullet found Cailliet, too. An American field ambulance crew saved his life, and after a nine-month hospital stay, he was discharged and resumed his graduate studies. But he had to admit that the books no longer seemed like the same books, nor was his motivation the same. Reading at length in philosophy and literature, he found himself probing in depth for meaning. He testifies:

During long night watches in the foxholes I had in a strange way been longing—I must say it, however queer it may sound—for a book that would understand me. But I knew of no such book. Now I would in secret prepare one for my own private use. And so, as I went on reading for my courses, I would file passages that would speak to my condition, then carefully copy them in a leather-bound pocket book I would always carry with me. The quotations, which I numbered in red ink for easier reference, would lead me as it were from fear and anguish, through a variety of intervening stages, to supreme utterances of release and jubilation.

At last, the day came when he put the finishing touches on, as he said it, “the book that would understand me.” He describes a beautiful, sunny day in which he sat under a tree and opened his precious anthology. As he read, however, he was overcome by a growing disappointment. Instead of speaking to his condition as he expected, the passages only reminded him of their context—of the circumstances of his labor over their selection. Then, Cailliet says, he knew that the whole undertaking would not work, simply because it was of his own making. It carried no strength of persuasion. In a dejected mood, he put the little book back into his pocket.

On that same day, Cailliet’s wife had come into the possession of a Bible by extraordinary circumstances. Emile had always been adamant that religion would be taboo in their home, and at the age of 23 had never even seen a Bible. But at the end of that disappointing day, when she apologetically tried to explain how she had providentially (as he would later realize!) picked up a copy of the Bible, he was eager to see it. He describes what happened next:

I literally grabbed the book and rushed to my study with it. I opened it and “chanced” upon the Beatitudes. I read and read and read—now aloud with an indescribable warmth surging within…. I could not find words to express my awe and wonder. And suddenly the realization dawned upon me: This was the Book that would understand me! I needed it so much, yet, unaware, I had attempted to write my own—in vain. I continued to read deeply into the night, mostly from the Gospels. And lo and behold, as I looked through them, the one of whom they spoke, the one who spoke and acted in them, became alive in me.

Source: Emile Cailliet, Journey into Light (Zondervan, 1968), p. 12-18

III. His Rule is One of Peace, Shalom (Romans 15:5)

1. Explanation

a. The result—The Wolf and the Lamb (Isaiah 11:6-9)

b. The nations are won to him (Isaiah 11:10)

2. Application

3. Illustration

1000 Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching (Christmas: The Harbinger of Peace)

Christ of the Andes is an impressive symbol of peace. Once Chile and Argentina were enemies and fought constantly. At last they decided it was in their mutual interest to live in peace. So, high upon their natural boundaries, the Andes Mountains, they erected a great statue of Christ with outstretched arms. The inscription reads: “Sooner shall these mountains crumble into dust than the Argentines and Chileans break the peace sworn at the feet of Christ the Redeemer.” Christmas reminds us of the coming of peace to earth.

Only Jesus Can Fix the World

One Sunday morning, a man woke up around 5 a.m., his wife and children still asleep. Glad to have time to himself, he went downstairs, brewed some coffee, and began to read the morning paper. Three sentences into an article, he saw his five-year-old daughter descending the stairs.

He said, “Honey, go back to bed.”

“But I’m not sleepy,” she insisted.

Determined to read his paper, he again urged her to go back to bed. Again, she told him she was not tired.

Looking down at the newspaper, he conceived a plan. In the paper was a picture of the world, which he cut into several pieces. Handing his daughter some Scotch tape, he instructed her, “Go sit in the dining room, and see if you can put the world back together.”

His daughter accepted the challenge, and he went back to the kitchen to finish his coffee and read the paper. After only a few sips of his coffee, though, his daughter came bounding into the kitchen. “Here, Daddy, I’m finished!” she said, showing him the picture of the world put back together.

Amazed, he asked, “Sweetie, how did you do that so fast?”

She replied, “It was easy, Daddy. On the back side of the page was a picture of a man. When you make the man right, you make the world right.”

In a similar way, only Jesus can bring order to this world.

Source: Source unknown

Conclusion

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders

of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love

 

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