HCLC – December 20, 2020 – Fourth Sunday in Advent – Divine Service

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on Fourth Sunday in Advent, December 20, 2020 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn

To follow along with the bulletin, you can find one at https://holycrossrocklin.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/2020-12-20.Fourth-Sunday-in-Advent-Pre-recorded.pdf

Sermon Text: Luke 1:26-38
Sermon Theme: “Let It Be According to Your Word“

Old Testament: 2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16
Epistle: Romans 16:25–27
Holy Gospel: Luke 1:26–38

The Lord Builds a House for David: Jesus Christ Who Comes in the Flesh

When King David “lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies,” he piously supposed that he would build a house for God (2 Sam. 7:1–2). But the Lord would turn it around: He would establish a house for David and an everlasting throne. This He has done not only for David, but also for all His people, in the Son of David, Jesus Christ, “conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary” (Apostles’ Creed). That holy child, the incarnate “Son of the Most High,” receives “the throne of his father David” and begins to reign “over the house of Jacob forever” (Luke 1:32–33). Having given Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, His body is the true and eternal temple of God in which His people have their own place of peace and rest. That is “the mystery that was kept secret for long ages” but is now “made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God” in order that we may have faith and life in Christ (Rom. 16:25–26).