“Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country!’’ Many of you will recognize this statement from Kennedy’s 14-minute inaugural speech in 1961. Kennedy was addressing the United States’ role in the Cold War, and he was asking for the support of the nation. His comment inspired Americans to make sacrifices for the sake of their country, everything, it seems, depended on them.
I feel inspired when I hear those famous words, and many pastors preach sermons with the same theme, go out and serve the Lord, humanity needs you. But two problems develop when this is our central message; we eventually burn out, and we find that we cannot work hard enough to accomplish God’s mission. In short, we discover that we are not the savior, we are not the Christ, we are not the Messiah, we are not able to save anyone, including ourselves.
Last week we learned that God is faithful to His promises to us, through us, and even in spite of us. His kingdom will come even when we sin and jeopardize His mission. This week we see the fruit of God’s promises and faithfulness, the promised child comes. Let us take a break from trying to serve the Lord and bask in the truth that God has come to serve us. Let us hear the good news, the gospel message, as we read of the birth of Isaac the shadow of Christ.
1. God’s Faithfulness Brings Us Laughter
2. God’s Firstborn Brings Us Laughter
3. God’s Favor Brings Us Laughter