AN UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS | Promise Keeper

Matthew 1:1-6 - This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez was the father of Hezron. Hezron was the father of Ram. Ram was the father of Amminadab. Amminadab was the father of Nahshon. Nahshon was the father of Salmon. Salmon was the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife.

I. Matthew goes out of his way to point out David’s failure... "Whose mother had been Uriah’s wife."

A. Why not “David the Warrior”? “David the giant slayer, David the Fundraiser”? “David the Writer”? David the musician and singer.

  • When a great leader, politician, a pastor, who may be a great dad or great mom. When this person, someone you trust someone who is an anchor to your life fails you it's so destructive.

B. David had the right heart

  • He started well. He had all the opportunity. He lived up to the hype and then he crushed the spirit of so many people that he loved.

Matthew is saying for every one of you who failed your family, your spouse, your friends, your country, your God. That you are the point of His story also. The greatest story ever told is about hypocrites and frauds. Traitors and deserters. That the story of Christmas is for you.

II. David’s Story

A. Saul is king and doing a poor job.

  • God sends Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint a king.
  • David comes home and gets anointed king.

B. David eventually becomes king

  • David desires to build a temple.
  • God sends the prophet Nathan to David with a message: You can’t build it.

C. God makes a promise to David.

2 Samuel 7:8-9, 11b-16 - "Now then, tell my servant David, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth.  'The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by human beings, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.' "
  • This was an unconditional promise.

D. David gave God good reason to retract His promise.

  • Four chapters later, David decides to stay home from war. He went out on his roof and sees Beersheba
2 Samuel 11:27 . . . But the thing David had done displeased the LORD.
  • God disciplines David. Nathan shows up: “You will pay dearly for what you have done.” And he did. Even after he repented, not of a “mistake,” but of sin.
  • There were generations of consequences. But though God’s discipline was brutal, His promise was eternal. David’s inconsistent behavior did not override God’s unconditional promise.

990 years later, a carpenter named Joseph made his way to BETHLEHEM, the city of David, and everyone had to return to his or her hometown to be counted. There in the city of David, the great-grandson (x28) of David was born because God keeps His promises!

III. Finishing Well

A. The scripture said that David served his generation and went to sleep.

  • He staggered to the finish line.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 - As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.
  • So many men and women feel like that have failed God. I just went off the deep end. I knew better. I am a believer and now I have destroyed my life I have embarrassed Christ.
  • The story of Christmas is for every Christian, every believer that has fallen away and can’t seem to make it back.

B. Good news: You have been invited to step into a relationship with God that is governed by an unconditional promise and is characterized by grace and forgiveness.

  • A relationship where you don’t have to negotiate sin. You are forgiven.
  • A relationship where your inconsistency and lack of follow-through does not determine your acceptability. You are accepted.
  • Just as God made a promise to David in spite of David, God has made a promise to you in spite of you.

Summary

If you are ready to leave this once and for all, I want you to pray with me.

"Heavenly Father, I believe you are the great Promise Keeper. As You kept Your promise to David, I believe You will keep Your promise to me to forgive me . . . to accept me . . . to love me. So, I will no longer come to you or avoid you based on what I have or haven’t done. Instead, I will come boldly because of what You’ve done for me through Christ, my Savior and my Peace. Amen."