Midnight Christ-Mass
Delivered By
Pr. Lovett
Delivered On
December 25, 2011
Central Passage
Luke 2:1-14
+ Luke 2:1-20 +
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Caesar Augustus thought to brag about how big his thumb under which was the whole known world.  So he sent out a decree that everyone should be registered.  He wanted to count heads.  He wanted to boast of his kingdom.  But like the high priest, Caiaphas, prophesying against his will the need for Christ to die for the nation, so Caesar Augustus was really fulfilling the Scriptures, as all things must.
For when the Caesar’s scribes went out and recorded all the known world, they eventually recorded this entry, or one like it: Registered three: Joseph son of Heli of Bethlehem of the tribe of Judah, betrothed to Mary; one child – Jesus.  There inscribed in ink along with the list of all men, women, and children, was the name given Him by Joseph, Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.  There, even in infancy, the Christ was obeying the Father and reconciling the world in His flesh.  Here on Caesar’s list, He was numbered with the transgressors.
This is the Good News of Christmas.  That God became man, numbered as one of us.  It is good news because if God is man, then man cannot be killed.  Man cannot be lost.  Man cannot be left to destruction and decay; to the furry of hell.  If God is man then man then God must love man and man must be saved.  If God is man, then there is hope for us all.
For even more glorious than Him being numbered with the transgressors is that the transgressors are numbered with Him who knew no sin.  Caesar thought to number his subjects, but it was God numbering His brothers and sisters.  Caesar thought to bring glory to himself, but God brought glory to all men.
All hail, the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all He brings, ris’n with healing in His wings. Mild He lays His glory by, born that man no more may die, born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.
Merry Christmas.
In Nomine Iesu
+ Amen +