Sermon: The King’s Arrival

The King’s Arrival
Matthew 1:18-25
December 19, 2021

My parents and I were born in Canada (I got to Texas as quickly as I could, though); and I suppose it was the influence of being part of a British Colony that led my mom to always be more than a little intrigued by the British monarchy and Queen Elizabeth and her family. Mom wasn’t a TV watcher; but the day that Diana married Charles, when I got up mom had already been up for hours watching the news coverage.

So I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised that when Diana’s oldest son, William, married Kate that my daughters had a “Princess Party” with multiple friends — complete with tiaras, poufy skirts, and tea — and stayed up all night to watch that wedding. [I had a good and full night of sleep on both occasions.]

More than one person has been excited about the arrival of royalty. But Jesus arrived very differently than other kings. In fact, when we think about the arrival of King Jesus, the word “unique” is appropriate. The primary meaning for “unique” is “existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics.” That is exactly what we mean when we say that Jesus’ arrival as King was “unique” — it was singular, unrepeated, and the only one of its kind.

Matthew tells of the unique arrival of Jesus in quite unremarkable language, though with highly remarkable truth and realities. As we look this morning at Matthew 1:18-25 we will find —

The arrival of King Jesus was the unique arrival of a King.

In this section, let’s delight in five revelations about the arrival of King Jesus:

1. The King’s Arrival: A Unique Home (v. 18a) — it was humble
2. The King’s Arrival: A Unique Conception (v. 18b) — it was miraculous
3. The King’s Arrival: A Unique Role (vv. 20-21) — He was a Savior
4. The King’s Arrival: A Unique Promise (vv. 22-23) — it fulfilled the OT
5. The King’s Arrival: A Unique “Father” (v. 19, 24-25) — he was righteous

Download the rest of this sermon on Matthew 1:18-25.

The audio will be posted on the GBC website by tomorrow.

Photo by Magnus D derivative work: Blofeld Dr., CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

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