There’s no way around it…we are a a society built upon and operated by rules. There are rules of nature…rules of law…rules of society…and there are, or course, the rules of religion. Everywhere we turn there are rules that we all need to abide by regardless of our age, gender, race, or station. Ultimately, this leaves two types of folks…those that think rules are made to be followed and those that think rules are made to be broken. Which one are you? Maybe a better question...which one is God? The answer might surprise you…it might challenge you…it might even liberate you.
Breaking the Laws of Nature: Luke 1:31-37
You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”
Breaking the Rules of Law: Matthew 1:18-21
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
Breaking the Rules of Society: Luke 2:8-12
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Breaking the Rules of Religion: Matthew 2:1-2
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
This sermon is based on the teachings of Ismael Pruitt, Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Adam Hamilton, Bruxy Cavey, and Greg Boyd.
You can check also check out a different version of the sermon here...audio only...preached at the Shift service a couple weeks prior: http://youtu.be/yMd-idFjaoY