1. The Incarnation was God’s surprising plan

2. The incarnation was God’s planned surprise

A. The scope of God’s plan: Son of David

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham — Matthew 1:1 (ESV)

So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. — Matthew 1:17 (ESV)

B. The mission of God’s plan: Jesus

Jesus was a common name, like Jim or John or Jerry.  When Mary and Joseph called their son Jesus, there were no prayers in his name.  No one used it as a swear word.  No one sang songs about this name, just like there is no religion I am aware of that sings songs to Jim (except that he’s not to be messed around with).  We don’t name our sons John with the expectation that over the next 2000 years 8 billion people will pray in his name. We don’t croon, “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry, there’s just something about that name!” — Kevin DeYoung

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. — Acts 4:12 (ESV)

More than a great teacher, more than an enlightened man, more than a worker of miracles, more than giving us meaning in life, more than a self-help guru, more than a self-esteem builder, more a political liberator, more than a caring friend, more than a transformer of cultures, more than a purpose for the purposeless, Jesus is a Savior of sinners. — Kevin DeYoung

C. The glory of the plan: Immanuel

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). — Matthew 1:22-23 (ESV)

The Word who was with God and who was God became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14 (ESV)

The more you think about it, the more staggering it becomes. — JI Packer

Chris Daukas

Chris grew up in a moral home, but didn’t find the grace of Christ until he was a sophomore in college. He began to devour the Word and was soon helping to lead bible studies, outreaches, and worship at church. He married his beautiful wife, Tara, in the summer of 2002.

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