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I. Introduction: 

 Our theme for advent this year is “The incarnation and the story of our redemption.” As we have been seeing in the book of Ruth on Sunday mornings, God’s plan to send us Jesus to die for our sins and be our Savior did not begin at the manger. No, the sending of Christ has always been at the center of God’s plan to redeem a people. And the story of our redemption, the story of the Creation, the Fall, our Redemption, and the New Creation, is critical to understanding what was going on in that manger all those years ago. Thus, over the next few weeks we are going to look at each of these events and how they relate to the incarnation. Tonight we begin with the Creation, which is the setting for the incarnation.

II.  Creation: The Setting for the Incarnation

 If we are going to understand the incarnation, then we need to remember just Who it was that was born to Mary and Joseph.  This was no ordinary child.  This was not just a firstborn or a great man or a great leader.  This was not just a king or just a savior.  No, this was Jesus Christ, the King and the Savior.  And not only that, as John makes clear in His gospel, the baby that was born was actually the Creator.  John tells us: All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made (John 1:3)  Paul adds: 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).  The Bible makes it plain that Jesus was the agent of Creation.  He, along with the Father, made all things.

 So then, think about that with me.  Lying in that manger in Bethlehem was the One through whom all things were created.  The Creator of earth now on the earth.  The Creator of time now in time.  The Creator of air now breathing.  The Creator of food now eating.  And on and on we could go.  Every animal in that stable owed its existence to the baby in the manger.  In fact, the wood that formed the manger and the stones that held it up were made by the One now resting on them both.  Even Mary and Joseph were no different.  Mary had just given birth to her own Maker.  Amazing.

 And why had the Maker come?  What had caused Him to take on flesh?  We will consider this more in the weeks to come, but in light of the creation, we should note that Jesus was born to redeem the creation.  He was born to deliver it from its captivity to the curse of the Fall.  In fact, this is the very reason why He created it.  God’s purpose in creating the world was to display His glory in the redemption of that redemption.  Thus, in a very real sense, the creation is the setting, the stage upon which God has chosen to reveal His goodness and love and mercy and holiness and justice and all of the glorious attributes that belong to Him.  When God created the world, He set the stage for the coming of Jesus our Redeemer.

III.  Conclusion:

 Christ, through whom all things were made, chose to become a man and fulfill the very purpose of Creation itself: the glorification of God through the redemption of a people.  All glory and praise are due His Name!!  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

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